Romain Felli, University of Geneva; David Jordhus-Lier, University of Oslo; Samantha Mason, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS); Kendra Strauss, Simon Fraser University; Tessa Wright, Queen Mary University of London
These papers are part of a series being produced for the ACW’s Built Environment Working Group—chaired by John Calvert —which is investigating the BC Insulators union’s efforts to promote a major climate initiative in the construction industry.
There is considerable evidence of a significant gap between the needed skill sets for low carbon construction and the capacity of the training and apprenticeship systems to deliver appropriate skills – including climate literacy – to the construction workforce, both in Canada and internationally.
Buildings represent over one third of the total GHG emissions and energy use, on average, in Canada and internationally. They are a critical area for the introduction of measures to reduce carbon emissions and energy use.
SFU health sciences associate professor John Calvert recently argued the need for low-carbon practices in construction in one of two chapters he wrote for Work in a Warming World, a book published in 2015.
There has been a lot of work and research focused on the science of climate change. But there hasn’t been much focus on the way in which workers and workplaces will have to change to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change, John Calvert says.