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ICE calls for three-point plan for more effective infrastructure
|The identity of the next government might well be uncertain, but regardless of which party or coalition takes up the mantle on 13 December 2019, it must do so with a clear plan for the UK’s infrastructure. This article sets out three clear steps that the new government must take to ensure that our society is able to benefit from the very best infrastructure networks. Image: Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay|
Infrastructure investment is a means to an end and never an end in itself. Investment delivers outcomes for the public, it supports a higher quality of life, helps with mitigation and adaption to climate change and improves the competitiveness of the UK economy within an international context.
 1. Publish a national strategy for infrastructure
This is a strategy that must be long-term, joined-up and based on the evidence produced by the National Infrastructure Commission. This will ensure the UK is well placed to tackle head-on the challenges faced right across the country, be it increasing urbanisation, mitigating the effects of climate change or investing to create sustainable places for people to live, work and play.
 2. Take a bold approach to deliver on the legislated net-zero by 2050 greenhouse gas target
While the initial vote was historic, this will pale into insignificance compared to the brave and historic trade-offs that will be required to get us to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
ICE is dedicating its State-of-the-Nation next year to outlining the key steps that can be taken to lock-in a trajectory towards net-zero – both for government and industry alike.
ICE recently held a presidential roundtable looking at some of the challenges and opportunities in delivering this target. The previous ICE Future Leader, Alex Backhouse, attended the session and captured his thoughts in this blog.
In addition, our insight paper explores the role of the infrastructure sector in contributing to the 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions net-zero target, including the range of options for effecting change.
 3. Focus on improving the delivery of infrastructure projects and increasing productivity across the built environment sector.
These include common sense steps to reduce the gap between forecasts and outturns for major projects, greater use of offsite construction for manufacturing, increasing the use of digital solutions to improve productivity and supporting industry-led efforts to adopt the principles of Project 13.
The adoption and delivery of this three-point plan will improve infrastructure provision across the UK and, as a consequence, drive economic growth, protect our natural environment and improve living standards for all.
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