Scotland's way ahead builds on engineering past

24 August 2015
Exciting new initiative building on Scotland’s engineering tradition launched.
Infograph on low carbon infrastructure benefits from "Scotland's way ahead"

Infograph on low carbon infrastructure benefits from "Scotland's way ahead"

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The ‘Scotland’s Way Ahead’ report is the first step in exploring how Scotland could meet it's climate change targets by increasing both public and private sector investments in low carbon infrastructure.

The report was commissioned by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force - which includes Ramboll Energy and other key figures from engineering, finance, construction, academia, public sector, development and environmental groups.

The report’s findings make clear that public investment into low carbon infrastructure would bring many benefits, including:

  • ERADICATING FUEL POVERTY: Almost 1 million households in Scotland are living in fuel poverty. Investing in low carbon heating systems and improving the energy efficiency of our homes could cut bills and keep homes warm. 
  • IMPROVING HEALTH: investing in networks to make it easier for people to take public transport, walk and cycle is likely to reduce the rate of many health problems, including obesity, chronic diseases caused by physical inactivity, and the effects of air pollution. It could also reduce casualties by improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • CREATING JOBS: A low carbon economy could support up to 60,000 jobs across Scotland by 2020. UK-wide, the low carbon economy has not only grown, but proved resilient to recession, providing over a third of UK economic growth during 2011-12.
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.

I’m delighted to be playing a part in this exciting new project which I hope will inspire the next generation of men and women into the profession to build on the legacy of famous engineers of the past including Telford, Watt, Arrol and Stevenson. They have the potential to build a better world by getting involved in 21st Century engineering projects that will stand the test of time, as the Forth Bridge has done.”

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