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BLOG: Hydrogen – a recipe for a greener 21st century and a buoyant local economy

In his blog, Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West and SWIP Steering Group representative for the Business Sector, reports back on a recent Hydrogen Summit and ponders the potential of hydrogen to fuel green growth in the South West. As a recovering oil and gas engineer, I found the West of England Aerospace Forum’s (WEAF) Hydrogen […]

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Response to Government’s Energy White Paper, Powering our Net Zero Future

Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair and Energy Sector representative, said: “SWIP welcomes the publication of the Government’s Energy White Paper and its focus on delivering net zero energy by 2050 whilst encouraging consumers to take advantage of the proposed reforms in the supply market to maintain affordable electricity bills. We also welcome the clear policy signals […]

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The route to net zero workshop

Co-producing an integrating route map for South West infrastructure decarbonisation 12:30 – 14:00 | Wednesday 27 January 2021 Overview The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), supported by the University of Bristol and ICE South West, is running an interactive online workshop to elicit cross-sector information using a digital canvas tool. The route to net zero: […]

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Response to the Sixth Carbon Budget report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC)

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) published its report on the Sixth Carbon Budget on 9 December 2021.  The report makes four key recommendations which the Government will consider before formulating the Sixth Carbon Budget.  This covers the five year period from 2033 to 2037.  The Government is legally required to produce carbon budgets under the […]

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Spending Review & National Infrastructure Strategy response

Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair, provides an initial response to the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement and the publication of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Strategy: From a South West perspective, there were several announcements on infrastructure that may benefit the region. Importantly, the Chancellor announced capital spending on infrastructure will total £100bn, a £27bn real-terms rise […]

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“Green industrial revolution” plan welcome but short on detail

Statement in response to the Government’s announcement of a Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution by Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair: “The South West Infrastructure Partnership welcomes the Government’s Ten Point Plan for a “green industrial revolution”.  It provides some long-awaited guidance on how Government policy will change as the UK strives to achieve […]

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Making the Green Book truly green

The Government’s Green Book needs to better align with sustainability goals to achieve net zero targets, urges the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) as part of a new consultation. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has sought expert advice on how reform of the Green Book could gear decisions on infrastructure investment towards achieving better […]

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CRAFTeD freight decarbonisation workshops

Co-produced Route-mapping to Accelerate Freight Decarbonisation: A Transdisciplinary Learning and Decision Framework (CRAFTeD) is a new research project set to bring together stakeholders in a process to ‘co-produce’ a methodology and plan to decarbonise the freight system of South West England by 2050. Through the co-production process the project will identify current attitudes, behaviours and […]

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Challenge ‘21: What’s next for the South West’s infrastructure?

As with almost every facet of life in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has brought fundamental change and unprecedented challenge for the South West’s infrastructure sector. But as the year of Covid-19 comes to an end, what does 2021 hold? This online discussion event, organised by the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), will explore the short-term […]

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SWIP evidence feeds into post-Covid infrastructure White Paper

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) have published Covid-19 and the new normal for infrastructure systems – next steps, a White Paper to drive the reinvention of infrastructure delivery. The paper emphasises the need for a long-term green strategy for an infrastructure-led recovery from Covid-19, starting with investment in […]