Ensuring ‘infrastructure supports resilience and enables inclusive, net-zero and sustainable growth’ was the opportunity on offer at ICE Scotland’s recent consultation event on the Scottish Government’s Draft Investment Infrastructure Plan to 2026.
Over 100 representatives from the civil engineering community joined an ICE Scotland event recently to listen to an outline of the Scottish Government’s Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan and then submit questions and comments for the Head of the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Strategy Unit, Katherine White.
Ms White said the plan would be crucial for the short and long-term future of Scotland’s infrastructure, coming as it did against a backdrop of Covid-19, Brexit and the considerable efforts to address the global climate change emergency.
She said it was therefore as vital as many people as possible took part in the consultation with closes on 19th November.
White's presentation covered four broad themes within the plan:
- The inclusion of natural infrastructure within the Scottish Government definition of infrastructure
- A new investment hierarchy approach
- Methods to assess the potential benefits and impact of proposed infrastructure
- Understanding the carbon impacts of infrastructure
Afterwards, ICE Scotland Director Hannah Smith said: “I was delighted so many of our members were able to engage directly with Government on these proposals and help shape what is a vital document for our sector.
“I would like to thank the Scottish Government for their input; I am sure together we can deliver the right infrastructure plan for Scotland’s future – one which is sustainable, productive and inclusive.”
Katherine White commented: “The £24 billion Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan provides a robust pipeline of work that will help stimulate a green recovery and provide high quality jobs across Scotland. The current consultation invites views on a range of important issues affecting our infrastructure strategy in the short, medium and long-term.
“I was pleased that this online event offered an opportunity for members of the ICE to hear about the Draft Plan and look forward to considering their responses to the consultation, which closes on 19th November.”
The online event will shortly be available to view online on the ICE Scotland webpage.