Scotland's Way Ahead

25 August 2015

New Report Published on Benefits of Low Carbon Scotland

Scotland's Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force announces a new initiative building on Scotland’s engineering past.

Today's report finds that public investment into low carbon infrastructure will bring many benefits to Scotland and is the first step in exploring how Scotland’s proud engineering tradition can be harnessed to tackle fuel poverty, improve public health, create jobs and slash carbon missions. 

ECCI welcomes the publication of the ‘Scotland’s Way Ahead’ report, commissioned by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force - which includes key figures from engineering, finance, construction, academia,public sector, development and environmental groups - which finds that investment in low carbon infrastructure by both public and private sector must increase if Scotland is to meet its climate change targets. 

The report’s findings also make clear that public investment into low carbon infrastructure would bring many benefits, including: creating jobs; improving health and; eradicating fuel poverty.

Director of ECCI, Dr Andy Kerr said:

"ECCI is very pleased to voice its support for the new initiative. This first report clearly outlines how essential infrastructure is to a successful transition to a low carbon future. Rather than simply calling for additional funding the report highlights that Scotland requires a comprehensive shift to embed low carbon objectives in all its infrastructure developments. I look forward to the next phase of the task force and supporting the delivery of this ambitious agenda."

The task force includes partners in Scottish Government, WWF, Pinset Masons, City of Edinburgh Council, Green Investment Bank, SCDI, and ICE to name a few. Speaking ahead of the report launch, Chair of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force and Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Sara Thiam said:

“As Scotland prepares to spend billions of pounds over the coming decades to upgrade our ageing infrastructure, it’s essential we invest wisely for the future, building infrastructure that improves our economy, environment and quality of life for the people of Scotland in the 21st Century and beyond.”

Read the full 'Scotland's Way Ahead' report here

Read the full Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force report here