The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’

There is no carbon-free energy Valhalla. The environmental impacts of going ‘clean and green’ could be worse than using fossil fuels

The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’By Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. We all go to the store to purchase things – groceries, clothing, tools or the latest electronic gadget. During the global pandemic, an increasing share of shopping has shifted online. A few clicks and an item soon arrives at our doorstep. We also often demand…

Canada’s economic revival requires broad strategy

A narrow focus on the green/clean sector won’t get the job done. The sector is too small and the workforce’s skill set doesn't suit the goals

Canada’s economic revival requires broad strategyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. After the shock Canadians have experienced in 2020, an economic recovery that focuses on jobs, incomes and business growth is much more important than whether it’s ‘green’ or some other colour. However, in Canadian politics these days green invariably symbolizes good. Never mind that green…

B.C.’s emissions reduction targets remain out of reach

Absent a wholesale restructuring of the economy, meeting the 2030 goal will be an impossible task

B.C.’s emissions reduction targets remain out of reachBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Targets. We all know what they mean, or think we do. Several words convey essentially the same notion – e.g., goals, objectives, ambitions and intentions. The idea is about getting something accomplished at some point in the future. This brings us to B.C.’s  greenhouse gas…

Is the low-carbon future upon us now?

Without major technological breakthroughs, the costs of moving quickly to a far less carbon-intensive economy are painfully high

Is the low-carbon future upon us now?By Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. The International Energy Agency recently estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an eight per cent decline in worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 compared to 2019.  This reflects the impact of a cascading series of economic disruptions across multiple countries since February.…

Baby steps toward restarting our economy

Austria, Denmark and Germany have begun to unfreeze sectors. And Saskatchewan has laid out a cautious four-phase approach

Baby steps toward restarting our economyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia The Great Suppression, the widespread shutdown of most non-essential economic and social activity across much of the world, is both a lived experience and experiment like few others in human history. There have been three other worldwide pandemics in the 20th century – 1918…

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demands

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demandsBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, conflict typically ensues. So it is with the world-wide effort to come to grips with the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change. While most countries – minus Donald Trump’s America – have notionally signed on to…

B.C. won’t be able to quit fossil fuels any time soon

The results of greater energy efficiency will materialize over the long term, even if politicians seek abbreviated timelines

B.C. won’t be able to quit fossil fuels any time soonJock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Metro Vancouver residents are rightly upset over paying the highest gasoline prices ever recorded in a North American city. Cost-of-living pressures are already significant for many households in British Columbia, making the recent jump in pump prices particularly hard to stomach. The unprecedented attention being given…

The high-stakes international oil game that Canada’s losing

Canada’s energy wealth risks being stranded while the U.S. boosts its position as a global oil supplier

The high-stakes international oil game that Canada’s losingBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Canada has long depended on a single market for its exports of energy. This over-reliance on one customer, the United States, carries significant risks. That became evident in recent years as the U.S. ramped up its production of oil, natural gas and other energy products…

Why the workforce gender gap matters to business

Reducing barriers to adding women to the workforce in Canada could add $150 billion to $420 billion in GDP over 10 years

Why the workforce gender gap matters to businessBy Denise Mullen and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of British Columbia In British Columbia and Canada more broadly, the proportion of females aged 15 and over who participate in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of males. And it has stayed this way since the early 1990s. Why does this matter? Sometimes,…