Armitt: Decision time for UK on green infra

Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has called on the UK government to make difficult choices on energy investment “sooner rather than later”.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Armitt said the government must take a number of difficult decisions on the transition to Net Zero over the coming months and years, including on the role of hydrogen in home heating.

“Government might reasonably maintain flexibility on options where it can, but difficult choices have to be made sooner rather than later to help the private sector efficiently plan and deliver the necessary infrastructure,” he said.

He also suggested that a failure to flesh out proposals to support the energy sector and build out the transition to Net Zero would hamper the ability and willingness of investors to get involved in the market.

“We also need to ensure our regulatory regime supports investment by industry in cabling and network infrastructure ahead of need, to avoid delays in connecting new sources,” he added.