The Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland (ICE) is calling on policy makers to support its new manifesto, which aims to future-proof the country’s infrastructure.
There are three main pledges in the manifesto, which has been launched on the back of its State of the Nation Infrastructure Report in November, and also in the run up to May’s Scottish Parliament elections.
The three pledges politicians and policy makers are asked to commit to are:
1. Enhance the resilience of all networks to climate and demographic change, preparing systems to meet future needs and challenges
2. Achieving a long-term, cross-party vision for infrastructure, underpinned by sustainable investment, and delivering maximum value for public money
3. Upskill Scotland’s workforce and grow a talent pool of engineers to meet our future infrastructure needs.
The commitment can be shown via a Twitter by using the hashtag #commit2infra to @ICEScotland.
ICE Scotland director Sara Thiam said: “How we travel and bring water and heat to our homes and businesses is the result of historic investment decisions, but we have an aging infrastructure and need to look to the future.
“High quality infrastructure is the foundation of civilised living, and allows us to thrive in a competitive world. It drives change and regeneration, and supports our schools, hospitals and homes. It underpins sustainable economic growth, positive social outcomes, and our ability to compete internationally.
“ICE Scotland’s manifesto highlights the issues which will shape the future delivery of infrastructure in Scotland, and offers practical ways forward, and we ask policy-makers to commit to the aims and join the discussion of how we deliver the future infrastructure which Scotland requires.”
The manifesto outlines a ten point plan that will help achieve the commitments.