Plaid Cymru consultation on infrastructure body

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Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy Adam Price has called on business bodies to put forward their vision for future investment in infrastructure.

Plaid Cymru secured a commitment to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales (NICW) in its agreement with the Welsh Government, the Compact to Move Wales Forward. Adam Price has launched a consultation seeking the views of members of the business community, and other stakeholders, about the potential role and remit of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy Adam Price said:

“Investing in roads, railways and technology is the best way of boosting the economy and creating jobs, and that’s why Plaid Cymru has made establishing a new National Infrastructure Commission for Wales a priority.

“As a result of our negotiations with the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru has managed to secure a new body that could bring much-needed investment to all parts of Wales. Plaid Cymru wants our national infrastructure commission to be a specialist body experienced in the financing and procurement of major public infrastructure projects, accelerating investment while driving down costs.

“We want to hear from the business community and indeed other sectors of Welsh society about their own priorities for investment, and how the new Commission can assist in achieving these goals and creating the building blocks of a new economy.”

The consultation is open until Monday 4th July, 2016.

What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.


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  • answered 2016-06-28 16:50:35 +0100
    Q: What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.
    A: Energy Saving Trust believes there is a strong case for energy efficiency to be designated an infrastructure priority.

    By assigning energy efficiency the status of a national infrastructure priority and establishing a clear delivery programme, long-term stability for energy efficiency funding and policy would be established and would give home owners and the public and private sectors the certainty to invest in improving the energy efficiency of Wales’ housing and building stock.

    A major energy efficiency programme will help the Welsh Government meet its statutory obligations; will deliver carbon savings, lower energy bills and address fuel poverty; create jobs and growth and savings for the NHS, and have a net financial benefit.

    To achieve these benefits, Energy Saving Trust believes that energy efficiency needs to be a priority for the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

    Energy efficiency was designated a national infrastructure priority by the Scottish Government last June. This was in recognition of the benefits that large scale investment in energy efficiency brings and in line with the concept of energy efficiency as the first fuel, a point being made increasingly by the IEA and the European Commission.

    As with other infrastructure priorities, to have real impact, this commitment needs to make clear the intended outcome. We believe the accompanying target should be to raise all homes to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of band C, or above, for every household in Wales by 2025. For Wales, as with Scotland, this target would be challenging yet achievable.

    We would highlight a 2015 report that the Energy Saving Trust produced for WWF Cymru which highlighted that whilst Wales was on track to meet its 2020 target “[…] this is heavily dependent upon decarbonisation of the electricity grid”. The report goes on to emphasise that this means that: “The emission reductions seen under these future scenarios are therefore vulnerable to activity outside Welsh Government’s control”. We believe that this makes an even stronger case for energy efficiency to be set as an infrastructure priority in Wales.

    There are a number of reports demonstrating the benefits of an ambitious investment programme into energy efficiency as an infrastructure priority, some of the most prominent being:

    • Frontier Economics – September 2015: Energy efficiency: An infrastructure priority: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/reports/Energy%20efficiency%20as%20infrastructure%20September%20Final.pdf

    • The IEA – 2014: Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency. Exec summary available here: https://www.iea.org/Textbase/npsum/MultipleBenefits2014SUM.pdf

    • Cambridge Econometrics – October 2014: Building the Future: The economic and fiscal impacts of making homes energy efficient: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Building-the-Future-The-Economic-and-Fiscal-impacts-of-making-homes-energy-efficient.pdf

    The Energy Saving Trust is a member of the Existing Homes Alliance in Scotland which was a leading voice in arguing for energy efficiency to be set as an infrastructure priority. We have also been arguing for energy efficiency to be set as an infrastructure priority by Westminster through the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, which resulted in the Energy and Climate Change Committee echoing this call.

    We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further and to provide additional support or background information.
  • answered 2016-06-28 16:45:54 +0100
    Q: What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.
    A: Yn mynd trwy’r ymgynghoriad er mwyn deall beth yr ydych am ofyn.
  • answered 2016-06-14 10:23:04 +0100
    Q: What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.
    A: Reconnect homes with resources such as land for waste processing, horticulture, amenity, energy production, water.. as the future will be more secure and post fossil fuel if decentralised and people will be more fulfilled and skilled with access to the raw materials for a local economy. Separate rain water and foul water disposal as we cant keep up with processing them together, leading to sea pollution. Separated they are both useful resources.
  • answered 2016-06-14 06:05:57 +0100
    Q: What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.
    A: I feel Wales need investments in Local Factories and Local Emp[oyment for our younger Generations, also a good transport system Rail , Road and not forgetting the ports.
  • answered 2016-06-13 18:37:56 +0100
    Q: What are your priorities in terms of national infrastructure investment? Please include your name, the business which you represent and your contact details.
    A: Pembrokeshire Stoves

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