ICE - Next steps: what should the net zero infrastructure priorities be for day 1 of the next UK Parliament?

21st March 2024 8:30 am

In 2024, the UK will head to the polls to elect a new national government. Whoever leads the next parliament will face a difficult task in an increasingly challenging economic climate.

The UK is committed to reaching net zero by 2050, with an interim target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. To achieve this, the UK’s Climate Change Committee suggests the UK needs to rapidly increase investment from £10 billion every year to £50 billion by 2030.

Two-thirds of the carbon emissions that cause global warming come from economic infrastructure: the services such as transport, energy, and heating that we rely on to survive and thrive.

With time running out, big decisions will need to be made on ‘day one’ of the new parliament if we are going to hit these targets. It’s crucial, therefore, that these decisions are the right ones.

About the next steps programme

There is no shortage of ideas on what to do about this complex challenge.

The difficulty decision-makers face is cutting through the noise and making the political choices that will benefit us most.

As one of the world’s most respected professional engineering associations, the ICE can play an important part in informing these choices. This programme, the fourth in the ICE’s Next Steps series, will make informed recommendations on which available options a new UK Parliament should prioritise.

Climate change is a global problem, and solving it will require all governments to work together. These recommendations won’t be one-size-fits-all. But they can look to other countries for examples, and could help the UK be an example for others.

Join us for a panel debate

This panel debate will kick off a series of public discussions that will explore this topic in honest, simple terms, and help decision-makers prioritise the policies, investments, and actions the UK most urgently need. Panellists will discuss the most important policy areas for achieving net zero, considering their economic viability, carbon impact and wider public benefit.

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