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Net zero U-turns will hit UK infrastructure, say government advisers

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🗞️ Driving the news: Rishi Sunak's recent U-turns on net zero policies have delayed essential infrastructure projects necessary for economic growth, according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) 
• Sir John Armitt, NIC chair, emphasizes the need for decisive action to prevent further setbacks in areas such as rail transport, energy, water, flood defenses, and waste management

🔭 The context: The NIC's annual review highlights that the UK has made substantial progress in renewable energy over the past five years
• However, policy reversals, such as delaying the heat pump initiative, have created significant uncertainty
• The NIC warns that failure to address these issues will impede economic growth and jeopardize climate targets

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Delayed infrastructure and inconsistent policies hinder the UK's ability to meet its net zero targets, impacting global climate efforts
• Effective and timely implementation of green technologies is crucial for reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change

⏭️ What's next: The NIC calls for urgent and robust policy measures to meet infrastructure and climate goals
• This includes prioritizing heat pump deployment, lifting the ban on new onshore windfarms, and substantial investments in the electricity grid and public transport

💬 One quote: "Ducking big decisions over the next 12 months will put the major goals of net zero, regional economic growth, and environmental protection in jeopardy," Sir John Armitt warned

📈 One stat: The target of installing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028 is significantly off track, according to the NIC's findings

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