UK infrastructure

Investing in a low carbon economy
UK infrastructure
If the UK is going to build a low carbon economy fit for the 21st century, it is going to need to invest in new infrastructure. Green Alliance has approached this issue in various ways.

Our 2016 briefing revealed that for the first year since 2012, the trend of rising high carbon investment and falling low carbon investment in the UK has reversed, primarily because of a decline in private sector investment in high carbon assets, rather than a strategic change in UK government priorities.

See also: 2016 analysis2014 briefing2013 policy insight

Our 2015 report, Opening up infrastructure planning, set out three fundamental problems with the current state of infrastructure decision making and made three proposals for how these should be best tackled.

Also in 2015, we published a report for Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force, which showed the opportunities for increasing its investment in low carbon infrastructure, and as a result, the benefits in terms of tackling climate change, economic progress and social welfare.

Our 2013 infographic, The future of UK infrastructure, showed the UK was ahead in the global trend to make new infrastructure low carbon. Alongside large scale projects, there was a major change occurring through a multitude of small scale projects and activities, modernising and improving our underlying energy infrastructure. It was launched at an event with shadow chancellor Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, in July 2013. This was the basis for a high level expert discussion; this slide pack sets out the conclusions.

Green Alliance has also participated in a project led by the Institution of Civil Engineers, contributing to the ‘National Needs Assessment’, which feeds into the work of the National Infrastructure Commission.

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