The ‘Second National Infrastructure Assessment’ was released today (18 October) by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The review takes place every five years.
The assessment, building on the foundation of the first report from 2018, delves into various infrastructure sectors, offering recommendations on transport, energy, water, flood resilience, digital connectivity, and solid waste. The Commission seeks to guide the UK in addressing its infrastructure deficiencies for a more resilient and sustainable future.
Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s report advising that the UK’s public transport, home heating and water networks are all in need of renewal, Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer said: “There is much to welcome in this report and it chimes closely with Green Party policy in many areas. We agree people on lower incomes should have heat pumps installed; that hydrogen has no place in home heating and on the need to block more incineration in favour of massively ramping up recycling rates.
“There are also areas where we would go further. We agree on the urgency of cleaning up our toxic rivers and waterways and modernising water infrastructure, but rather than this being carried out by private water companies – who continue to leak millions in dividends to shareholders – this much needed investment should be carried out by a publicly owned water industry.
“But overall, this report is extremely timely. The Conservatives have been peddling a false narrative about how greening our society will increase costs for households. However, the National Infrastructure Commission shows clearly that boosting investment to transition our economy will result in lower not higher household energy bills."