Chair of National Infrastructure Commission says Budget measures “welcome” but UK needs cross-sector low-carbon strategy to secure future prosperity. The “real test” of the government’s commitment to improving national infrastructure will be whether its National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS) offers enough support for low-carbon developments such as electric vehicle charging and renewable power, the government’s top infrastructure advisor has warned. Although Philip Hammond’s Budget this week contained some “welcome” measures for the UK’s infrastructure, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Sir John Armitt said today the NIS due in 2019 must “set out an ambitious long-term and cross-sectoral agenda”, addressing the UK’s needs in energy and water as well as transport and digital communications. He highlighted the need for both the upcoming Whitehall Spending Review and the NIS to implement further action to roll out green energy technologies, issue more funding and powers to cities to improve public transport networks, and develop a “truly national, visible” charging networks for electric vehicles. “The real test will be next year’s Spending Review and, crucially, the NIS that the Chancellor has promised,” Sir John said. “This strategy should bring together the roads funding from this Budget with longer-term funding for cities and projects like Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2. And it should include access to full fibre broadband and greater use of renewable sources for our energy.”
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MPs and the heads of environmental organisations have written to Theresa May saying the Budget presented to parliament on Monday is an “unforgivable betrayal of future generations”, due to its “worrying lack” of policy to combat climate change. Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas and six other MPs, including Labour’s Clive Lewis and former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron signed the letter, which says “pushing policymaking into the long grass of Brexit at this stage represents an abject failure to govern in the interests of the people you are elected to serve.” The chief executives of Greenpeace, 10:10 Climate Action and Global Witness were also among the signatories, who said the Budget was “a nadir for this government’s tainted climate record” and demanded “urgent action in the coming days must be announced”.
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