What policy changes are required for the UK’s infrastructure sector to play its role in achieving net zero emissions by 2050?
This is the question that this year’s ICE State of the Nation report will seek to answer.
Over the coming months, ICE’s Policy team will work closely with the Steering Group, led by ICE Vice President Keith Howells and made up of experts from across the built environment industry.
Together they will produce a report that offers clear, actionable policy recommendations.
What is State of the Nation?
ICE produces a State of the Nation each year which sets out a range of policy interventions. These interventions are aimed at ensuring the UK has high-performing infrastructure networks that facilitate economic growth and improve quality of life for those living across the nations.
Each year, the report focuses on a relevant and pertinent topic. In previous years it’s focused on housing, infrastructure investment, digital transformation and devolution.
State of the Nation 2020 published – 1 July
“The pandemic provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to recalibrate the economy and create systemic and wholesale change to the infrastructure ecosystem,” says Keith Howells, State of the Nation Steering Group Chair.
After months of work, State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2050 net-zero target is published today. It outlines how, through collaboration and change, we can plan, build and operate infrastructure that meets the needs of the future.
Hear from Keith Howells about the report’s key findings and recommendations.
Read more about the report and get the industry reaction.
Join the State of the Nation launch on 1 July 2020 – 10 June
Registrations are now open for the launch of this year’s State of the Nation report, Infrastructure and the 2050 net-zero target.
Join us online on Wednesday 1 July, to hear about the report’s findings and recommendations.
ICE President, Paul Sheffield, will chair a panel of industry experts including Keith Howells, Steering Group Chair, Professor Keith Bell, Committee on Climate Change, and Andy Mitchell, Construction Leadership Council who will give their views of the deliverability of the report.
Sign up for the online event now.
The Need for Carbon Capture and Storage - 19 May
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the subject of the latest ICE insights paper, which examines the CCS story so far, what obstacles exist for take-up and how it can support the UK’s net-zero transition.
Long earmarked as a technology that can drive the UK’s net-zero transition, the paper examines views from around the industry, including recent analysis by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), and calls for long-term infrastructure planning to fully maximise its net-zero potential.
You can find the paper, which will contribute to the development of ICE’s forthcoming State of the Nation 2020 report, or for a summary of the current CCS landscape, read the latest Infrastructure blog from ICE Policy Manager and paper author, Alex Hardy.
Climate Change and the Covid-19 Recovery - 12 May
It has been encouraging to see the climate conversation continue despite the global pandemic we are facing. As our work on this year’s State of the Nation continues, there have been a series of important and interesting reports and announcements coming from different quarters.
From the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) laying out six key principles to rebuilding the nation in the aftermath of Covid-19, to research by the National Infrastructure Commission, it is clear that achieving the 2050 net-zero target remains at the forefront of people’s minds.
In this latest Infrastructure blog, ICE Policy Manager, Alex Hardy, takes a closer look at these reports and their implications.
A question of funding and financing - 6 April
A recent roundtable discussion brought together industry leaders to discuss their views on ensuring the flow of investment into cleaner infrastructure and technology.
In this Infrastructure blog post, President’s Future Leader Holly Smith reviews some of the key points raised in the discussion about how to fund and finance a net-zero economy.
Read more about Holly Smith and her role as a Future Leader.
A Future Leader's View - 1 April
As a President’s Future Leader, Chris Landsbrugh has had the opportunity to attend roundtable discussions, and join the State of the Nation Steering Group, helping to produce this year’s report.
In his Infrastructure Blog, he discusses why this year’s report is important – and gives some insight into how the evidence gathering process.
Read more about Chris' and his role as a Future Leader.
Regional workshops - 27 March
ICE held a series of workshops in UK regions as part of the evidence gathering process.Find out more about how these went below:
Setting the scene - 10 March
The report process is robust and requires many stages, from evidence gathering to drafting and review.
At the first stage, ICE will engage with a range of experts across different sectors to learn and gather the right evidence to inform future recommendations.
As a President’s Future Leader, Chris Landsburgh has had the opportunity to attend roundtable discussions, and join the State of the Nation Steering Group, helping to produce this year’s report.
Head over to the Infrastructure Blog where Keith Howells, Steering Group Chair, gives an overview of the project, and our early thoughts on the topic.