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David Thompson's Presentation at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference February 2012.

David Thompson's Presentation at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference February 2012.

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Greening the Economy Federal-Municipal Policy Alignment Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Greening  the  Economy  Federal-­‐Municipal  Policy  Alignment     David  Thompson   Director,  Sustainable  Communi8es   Sustainable  Prosperity   www.sustainableprosperity.ca       February  8,  2012  
  • 2. Report  Overview  •  Green  Economy     •  What  it  means   •  Opportuni8es  •  Municipal  Ac8on  •  GE  Benefits  &  Advantages  •  Federal  Policy  Alignment   Making markets work for the environment 2  
  • 3. Meaning  of  GE  in  Canada:   Observed  NaConal  Goals  •  Economic  growth  •  Higher  employment  levels  •  Public  debt  reduc8on   Green  •  Climate  change  mi8ga8on    •  Economy   Clean  water  &  air  •  Reduced  waste   Making markets work for the environment 3  
  • 4. Green  Economy  OpportuniCes  –  Green  economy  is  growing   •  Globally,  green  economy  worth  over  $4  trillion  –  Canadian  sustainability  market  (green  tech  and   services)   •  $2.3  billion  in  2010   •  $3.7  billion  by  2014  –  Canada  significant  opportunity  for  further  growth   •  sustainability  ranking  24th  out  of  25  in  OECD   Making markets work for the environment 4  
  • 5. MunicipaliCes  can  help  achieve  goals   Federal  green  economy  goals   Municipal  ac8ons   Making markets work for the environment 5  
  • 6. Diverse,  EffecCve  Municipal  Policy  Tools   –  Planning   –  Zoning   –  Development  control   –  Establishment  of  protected  areas     –  Adjus8ng  property  taxes,  user  fees  &  user  taxes       –  Capital  cost  financing  assistance   –  Procurement  policies Making markets work for the environment 6  
  • 7. Key  Municipal  GE  AcCon  Areas  – Sustainable  transporta8on  – Efficient  urban  land  use  – Energy  efficiency  of  buildings  – Renewable  energy  – Water  treatment  and  conserva8on  – Solid  waste  management   Making markets work for the environment 7  
  • 8. GE  Benefits  &  Advantages  – Across  many  sectors  of  economy  – Na8on-­‐wide,  not  isolated  regions  – In  rural  areas,  towns,  ci8es  of  all  sizes  – Bang-­‐for-­‐buck   Making markets work for the environment 8  
  • 9. and services sectors, and production. As it turns out,across regions, provinces and green economy sectors pro- REPORT FOLLOWSthe national economy. Invest- vide relatively high levels of THAT CONVENTION.ments benefit not only those employment and GDP impactwho are directly employed, per dollar invested. GE  Benefits  &  Advantages  but many others. Indeed,FIGURE 6:CANADIAN EMPLOYMENT MULTIPLIERS – SELECTEDSECTORS (DIRECT AND INDIRECT EMPLOYMENT) Bang-­‐for-­‐Buck:  job-­‐crea8on  of  different  investments   CONSTRUCTION REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES TRANSIT AND GROUND PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION OTHER MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION DIRECT SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR MINING, OIL & GAS EXTRACTION INDIRECT PETROLEUM AND COAL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING 0 5 10 15 20 25 PERSON-YEARS EMPLOYMENT PER $MILLION INVESTEDSource: Statistics Canada, “National Input-Output Multipliers”71 Making markets work for the environment 9   Building a Green Economy for Canada: The Role of Municipalities /
  • 10. Federal  Policy  Alignment  •  Untapped  municipal  poten8al  for  achieving   GE  benefits  •  Municipali8es  oden  swimming  against   bigger  policy  8de  •  Could  achieve  more  with  federal  policies   aligned   Making markets work for the environment 10  
  • 11. Federal  Policy  Alignment     Can  Leverage  Municipal  AcCon  –  Predictable  long-­‐term  infra.  funding,  emphasizing:   •  Sustainable  transporta8on   •  Climate  change  adapta8on  –  Energy  efficiency  building  retrofits  –  Subsidy  reform  –  Knowledge  and  capacity  building  –  Na8onal  user  fee  policy  –  Harmonize  carbon  prices  (implicit  and  explicit)  –  Extended  producer  responsibility  framework   Making markets work for the environment 11  
  • 12. Policy  Alignment?  Sprawl  and  Sustainable  TransportaCon  Federal  GE  goals:  climate  change  mi8ga8on,   cleaner  air   Municipal  ac8ons:  Development  charge  &   property  tax  adjustments     Making markets work for the environment 12  
  • 13. Policy  Misalignment    Sprawl  and  Sustainable  TransportaCon  Federal  GE  goals:  climate  change  mi8ga8on,   cleaner  air   Subsidies,   Externalized  costs   (smog,  GHGs…)   Municipal  ac8ons:  Development  charge  &   property  tax  adjustments     Making markets work for the environment 13  
  • 14. Policy  Alignment:    Sprawl  and  Sustainable  TransportaCon  Federal  GE  goals:  climate  change  mi8ga8on,   cleaner  air   Reformed  subsidies,   costs  internalized   (user  fees,  c-­‐price…)   Municipal  ac8ons:  Development  charge  &   property  tax  adjustments     Making markets work for the environment 14  
  • 15. David  Thompson  Director,  Sustainable  Communi8es  Sustainable  Prosperity  dthompson@sustainableprosperity.ca  www.sustainableprosperity.ca   Making markets work for the environment 15