In response to the NIC’s Infrastructure Progress Report published today, Chris Richards, Director of Policy at the Institution of Civil Engineers said:
“Last year when the NIC issued its progress report the Institution of Civil Engineers observed that the lack of progress toward meeting long term net-zero and levelling up objectives was ‘concerning’. This year, the lack of progress can best be described as ‘alarming’.
“The need for action to meet the challenge of climate change has never been clearer, and we seem to be going backwards.
“One bright spot of the report is that in areas where clear policy frameworks exist, such as renewable electricity deployment and devolving power to metro mayors, progress has been made.
“Given the alarming nature of the NIC’s report, the ICE recommends the Treasury Select Committee hold a one-off evidence session so that ministers can respond to the warnings and recommendations made by the NIC on the record. The government needs to establish clear policy frameworks for other areas to get us back on track, we can’t waste any more time.”