Climate change and green investment - pressure on utilities providers

The National Infrastructure Commission has called for utility regulators to have new powers if the UK is to tackle climate change. Behind this is the belief that there needs to be long-term strategic investment to reduce emissions, improve digital connectivity and build resilience to flooding.

Future Cities Forum spoke to the United Kingdom Regulators Network (UKRN) - see below - for a response and will be discussing the on-going issues of climate change and green investment in its forums and round tables over the autumn and into 2020, in particular the government's work proposed in its new Environment Bill.

The UK government says it has introduced a new Bill to Parliament to cover 'the biggest environmental priorities of our time', with action to improve air and water quality as we leave the EU. The principles will be enshrined in law and legislation will also create legally-binding improvement targets, holding the government to account on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

It says it will improve air quality by fighting pollution and transform the way we manage waste, introduce a consistent approach to recycling and tackling waste crime, minimise the use of single use plastics, and improve resilient water and waste water services in the face of our changing climate. Devolved administrations across the UK will help to tackle these issues with their own individual approaches.

Biodiversity net gain, it says, will allow it to deliver the housing we need whilst also enhancing nature and this has been co-designed with the MHCLG. An amended duty on public authorities around biodiversity, it insists, will ensure that every level of government is playing its part.