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Tackling carbon emissions one of three key priorities says National Infrastructure Commission

Sat 14 October 2017 | Back to news list

The National Infrastructure Commission said that the three Cs - Congestion, Capacity and Carbon - are key priorities as it published its interim National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA). Once every Parliament, the National Infrastructure Commission is required to publish its NIA which analyses the UK’s long-term economic infrastructure needs, outlines a strategic vision over the next 30 years and sets out recommendations for how identified needs should be met.
 
The report calls for a focus on seven areas:
Low-cost, low-carbon: ending emissions from power, heat and waste
Revolutionising road transport: seizing the opportunities of electric and autonomous vehicles
Building a digital society: fast, reliable data services everywhere
Connected, liveable city-regions: linking homes and jobs
New homes and communities: supporting delivery of new homes
Reducing the risks of extreme weather: making sure the UK can stand up to drought and flooding
Financing infrastructure in efficient ways: getting the right balance between public and private sectors
 
Lord Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission argued that the current state of the country’s infrastructure could hold the UK back – and that a long-term plan is needed to ensure that it is fit for the future.
 
Adonis also backed calls to tackle air quality, particularly in our cities – especially by building the smart charging infrastructure needed for the latest electric vehicles, which will help to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions.
 
Lord Adonis said: ““We cannot afford to sit on our hands – Ministers must act now to tackle the Three Cs of congestion, capacity and carbon if we are to have infrastructure fit for the future, supporting economic growth across the country.
 
“But this doesn’t just rest with Whitehall and Westminster, and I’m pleased that the country’s Mayors are also stepping up to plan to meet the infrastructure needs of their communities.”
 
Speaking in Birmingham, Lord Adonis was joined by five of the country’s seven Mayors – from the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, London, Cambridge and Peterborough and the West of England.


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