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Unlocking the UK’s regional potential by building a new generation of sustainable infrastructure

27 Oct 2023

A new wave of sustainable infrastructure is emerging

Transitioning the UK’s economy to net zero will require over £70bn in investment per year over the next decade – more than double the amount currently being invested – to scale up new emerging infrastructure assets across critical sectors such as mobility, energy transition, circular economy and digital (The National Infrastructure Commission: The Second National Infrastructure Assessment, 2023).

These emerging asset classes include long-duration electricity storage, hydrogen, electric vehicle charging, carbon capture, battery recycling and other ways of tapping into renewable resources and recycling finite resources.

Unlocking regional potential across the UK

Sustainable infrastructure will not only be key to us reaching our net zero targets, but investment into these emerging technologies can address regional inequality.

These new technologies will provide the backbone for a new wave of green jobs across the country, with the UK government targeting 2 million green jobs by 2030.

Unlike jobs in tech and financial services which tend to cluster in London, sustainable infrastructure jobs will likely be spread across the UK’s regions – where our engineering, manufacturing and energy expertise remains, and where the next generation of infrastructure such as EV chargers, heat pumps and hydrogen industrial hubs will ultimately get built.

Learn more about the opportunities sustainable infrastructure can provide

We believe that the twin opportunities of net zero and unlocking the UK’s regional potential can go hand in hand, whilst investing in the growth of UK sustainable infrastructure businesses can also offer a highly attractive risk-reward profile for investors.

To learn more about the opportunities sustainable infrastructure investment can provide, download our white paper written by our Sustainable Infrastructure Team, by filling out the form below.

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