A plan for transitioning infrastructure to net-zero

This policy paper examines what a plan for transitioning infrastructure to a net-zero footing should consider.  

  • Updated: 02 September 2020
  • Author: Alex Hardy, ICE Policy Manager
ICE’s recent State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2050 net-zero target report put forward a series of policy recommendations for overcoming the challenges for achieving the 2050 net-zero target. The central recommendation was for government to deliver a plan for transitioning the UK’s economic infrastructure networks to a net-zero footing.  

This policy paper expands on that recommendation by examining what a plan for transitioning infrastructure to a net-zero footing should consider. In doing so, it examines the key policy choices that will need to be made in relation to four key areas:  
  • The future energy mix 

  • Pathways to decarbonising transport 

  • Pathways for decarbonising heat  

  • Reducing emissions from harder-to-abate sectors   

This policy paper should be read in conjunction with State of the Nation 2020.

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