Richard Twinn, Policy Advisor at UKGBC said:
“We strongly welcome the recognition of carbon as a key challenge facing the future provision of infrastructure. But as well as reducing emissions with new low carbon technologies such as renewable energy and electric vehicles, it is also vital to ensure that the wider infrastructure pipeline contributes towards cutting emissions.
“UKGBC is therefore calling for the introduction of a sector-wide target for infrastructure covering capital and operational carbon. A long term target should be set based on climate science and in line with the Climate Change Act and the carbon budgets, and this would build on the Industrial Strategy construction sector deal with its commitment to reduce emissions from the built environment by 50% by 2025. A target would provide the infrastructure sector with confidence about the future direction of travel and will help to inform target-setting for organisations and for individual infrastructure projects.”
You can read our full response below.
The interim National Infrastructure Assessment examines seven key areas, and sets out the vision and priorities for helping meet the country’s needs up to 2050. The full assessment can be found here.