Delphi has authored a new report, “West Coast Clean Economy: 2010-2014 Jobs Update,” that demonstrates that climate and energy policies across North America’s west coast have spurred job creation and economic growth.
The four jurisdictions highlighted in the report – British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington – represent the members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), a regional forum that serves as the basis for cooperative action, leadership and information sharing on climate and energy issues. The PCC represents the world’s fifth largest economy, a region of 53 million people with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. Their actions are a reminder that sub-national actors can have a tremendous impact on the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Key findings from the West Coast Clean Economy: 2010-2014 Jobs Update include:
- The clean economy growth rate in the Pacific Coast Collaborative region is more than twice (2.2 times) as fast as the region’s overall job growth.
- As of 2014, the region includes 577,372 clean economy jobs, an increase of 91,656 (approximately 19 percent) since 2010.
- The greening of the West Coast is being seen most clearly in the green building, energy efficiency, and clean energy supply sectors, which are among the fastest growing clean sectors