The scale of change designed to tackle climate change over the next 30 years envisaged in the first report by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland is extraordinary, writes Bill Jamieson. It runs to 137 pages. There are 14 appendices. It has a time span of 30 years, with a projected £7 billion investment plan. It is the product of 147 responses, nine “thematic round tables” and four “face-to-face deliberative workshops”.
Scotsman 23rd Jan 2020 read more »
The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (ICS) has presented the Scottish government with a 30-year infrastructure strategy, with an emphasis on delivering an inclusive, net zero carbon economy. Claimed to be the first publication of its kind in Scotland, the strategy follows a period of extensive engagement with key stakeholders and organisations from across Scotland and beyond. It sets out eight overarching themes and 23 specific recommendations for Scottish government to consider. The themes are: Future infrastructure decisions to be based on delivery of an inclusive net zero carbon economy; Increased emphasis on “place-based” infrastructure; Maximise, broaden the use of and better maintain existing assets; Accelerate the decarbonisation of heat and transport; Develop appropriately devolved regulatory and pricing frameworks; Escalate and expand access to digital and technology services; Improve and extend public engagement to shape decision making; Explore options for long-term and independent infrastructure advice; Established less than a year ago to develop Scotland’s infrastructure strategy for the next 30 years, the ICS recognised net zero carbon and an inclusive growth economy as two overarching policies that were priorities on both a national and global scale. Therefore, the ICS placed these priorities at the heart of its objectives, marking a sharp shift from the overall policy convention of the last 50 years, which has broadly been aimed at maximising GDP.
Infrastructure Intelligence 21st Jan 2020 read more »