Phoenix joined several C40 cities in announcing a goal to help drive the creation of 50 million good, green jobs by 2030. To assess the feasibility of this, C40, Vivid Economics, and Cambridge Econometrics examined how climate action in Phoenix could create good, green jobs.

The analysis assessed who would benefit from these jobs, how quickly they could be created, which sectors the jobs could be created in, and how they would be distributed, providing clear data and identifying areas where public programmes could improve access to green jobs for everyone. Key findings include:

  • Ambitious climate action in this decade could generate and support over 100,000 jobs in Phoenix and its supply chains by 2030. These jobs would primarily be in buildings, public transport, clean energy, and waste.
  • Adaptation interventions aimed at enhancing the city’s resilience to climate breakdown impacts, such as investing in urban parks or urban drainage systems, could result in more than 48,000 additional jobs.
  • Realising this opportunity to enhance community livelihoods, create sustainable employment, reduce energy bills, and provide additional benefits for all residents requires significant investment from both public and private sources.

Phoenix holds significant potential to create and support good, green jobs through local initiatives such as electric commuter rails, additional street trees and energy-efficient buildings. These actions can simultaneously address existing inequalities while lowering city emissions and increasing climate resilience.

Access the job analysis in English and Spanish.

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