The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission just published its Second National Infrastructure Assessment, which emphasizes the need for government action to create decarbonization infrastructure.
The newly published Second National Infrastructure Assessment is a thirty-year plan to shape a low-carbon economy in the UK, which not only benefits the environment but also supports economic growth.
Since the original National Infrastructure Assessment was published five years ago, the UK government has indeed put in much effort to increase the share of electricity generated by renewables, set up the UK Infrastructure Bank, fund transport in major city regions, etc.
Yet, as outlined by the second edition of the paper, there is still more work to be done to deal with deficiencies in the UK’s economic infrastructure.
The study has been well received by representatives of both the public and private sector.
Mike Maudsley, CEO of waste-to-energy operator enfinium, said: “enfinium welcomes the recommendations of the Second National Infrastructure Assessment. As the report highlights, installing carbon capture technology on energy from waste facilities can provide vital carbon removals to support Net Zero and help communities decarbonise. That is why it is right for the Commission to call for an end to new energy from waste facilities without carbon capture, as well as further measures to increase recycling rates and remove plastic from the waste stream.”
Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of carbon capture company Carbon Clean, stated on social media: “Today’s landmark Second National Infrastructure Assessment by the National Infrastructure Commission sets out in the plainest terms the need for swift government action to develop decarbonisation infrastructure – or risk the UK failing to capitalise on growth in clean technology.
The UK is at a pivotal moment in its energy strategy. Success, particularly in rapidly emerging spaces like carbon capture, hinges on greater clarity about regulation, policy and incentives.”