The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (ICS) has presented the Scottish government with a net zero carbon-focused, 30-year infrastructure strategy.
The strategy is claimed to be the first of its kind in Scotland and includes the themes:
• future infrastructure decisions to be based on delivery of an inclusive net zero carbon economy
• increased emphasis on ‘place-based’ infrastructure
• maximise, broaden the use of and better maintain existing assets
• accelerate the decarbonisation of heat and transport
• develop appropriately devolved regulatory and pricing frameworks
• escalate and expand access to digital and technology services
• improve and extend public engagement to shape decision making
• explore options for long-term and independent infrastructure advice
“While infrastructure investment remains a vital factor in supporting the economy and acting as an enabler to deliver effective public services, future infrastructure decisions should be based on their ability to clearly demonstrate their contribution to an inclusive, net zero carbon economy,” said Ian Russell, chair of the ICS (pictured above, left).
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for infrastructure (right), added: “If done well, [investing in infrastructure] has the capacity to unlock economic potential, support jobs and enable our businesses and communities to strengthen and grow.”