RECENT PUBLICATIONS

CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE: A NECESSITY NOT AN OPTION

 

PAUL A T DAVIES

Why is major investment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) as “a necessity, not an option”?    

 

This paper summarises the need for CCS investment as an important part of the UK achieving ‘Net Zero’ by 2050.

INVESTMENT IN ENERGY

 

REPORT FROM THE INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM'S

ENERGY WORKING GROUP

There is a pressing need for strategic investment in energy infrastructure to set the UK on the path to meet its upcoming carbon budgets and deliver Net Zero by 2050, but the economic impacts of Covid-19 and current market frameworks present a significant barrier.

 

However, with a clear strategy aligned with policy employing established funding frameworks, private capital could be harnessed to help to deliver the required energy infrastructure for Net Zero and beyond.

 

This report suggests that providing access to development capital through a newly formed co-investment fund or Infrastructure Development Bank would help to support projects, especially those with high development costs such as Nuclear and CCUS.

It is recommended that a joint HMT-Private Sector contact group be established to come up with potential options.

IDEAS AND POLICY ADVICE

BEIS CONSULTATION ON THE RAB MODEL FOR NUCLEAR

RESPONSE FROM THE INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 

The Infrastructure Forum's RAB Working Group has submitted its response to the BEIS Consultation on the RAB Model for Nuclear. 

 

The Working Group, comprised of experts in infrastructure finance with particular knowledge of the RAB model, UK regulatory framework and delivery of greenfield projects, considered questions posed by the consultation on the structuring of the model as well as broader Critical Success Factors necessary for setting up an investable nuclear RAB.

 

Particular focus was given to: the incentive mechanisms which facilitate the delivery of Value for Money for consumers, investors, the project developer and Government; ensuring a robust and credible Economic Regulatory Regime; the investability of the model; importance of a sustainable supply chain; and political support for a UK new nuclear programme.

UPCOMING POLICY DISCUSSIONS

VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH RT HON KWASI KWARTENG MP

WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2020

 In the post Covid-19 economic reconstruction the transition to clean energy and decarbonisation has a powerful role to play, alongside  existing targets to tackle climate change. 

 

Against this background, on Wednesday 29 July 2020, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth at BEIS, has agreed to take part in a special video conference on clean energy and in particular Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) issues.

VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH LORD GRIMSTONE

THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2020

Minister for Investment, Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, will lead a Forum videoconference on 17 September 2020.

 

His important role has the remit of encouraging investment into the UK from overseas institutions and sovereign wealth funds, opening up new markets for trade, and seeking to attract funds for key infrastructure projects.

 

It will provide an important opportunity to discuss with Lord Grimstone his assessment of the situation so far, the outlook and his plans for attracting significant new investment.

HARTWELL HOUSE ANNUAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT

TUESDAY 29, WEDNESDAY 30 JULY 2020

The 2020 Annual Infrastructure Policy Summit at Hartwell House will look forward to the next decade for Infrastructure with leading figures in the industry.

 

Issues to be discussed include: meeting the net zero target; regional devolution; the transport infrastructure revolution; the impact of data; connecting Britain; and project delivery. The event will take place from Tuesday 29 until Wednesday 30 September 2020

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