This conference examines the priorities for infrastructure development in Scotland.
It will assess the progress being made on the National Infrastructure Mission and examine the recent publication by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (ICS) of its first report: A Blueprint for Scotland.
We expect discussion on the 23 recommendations offered by the Blueprint for the Scottish Government to consider about Scotland’s infrastructure development over the next 30 years - focusing on leadership, planning, housing, transport, energy, technology, regulation and engagement with the public.
As the Commission now begins to focus on the way forward for delivery, delegates will examine its proposals set against the aims of supporting Scotland to meet its future economic growth and societal needs.
This includes the recommendation of prioritising net zero carbon economy outcomes in assessing all Scottish Government funded projects included in its 2020 Infrastructure Investment Plan, backed by a new infrastructure assessment framework and methodology for publication by 2021.
Delegates will also look at the practical steps which need to be taken to deliver the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland proposals, including the creation of a Scottish National Infrastructure Company to support implementation.
The agenda includes keynote addresses from:
- Rachel Gwyon, Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Investment, The Scottish Government;
- Tony Rose, Director, Infrastructure Commission for Scotland; and
- Peter Reekie, Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust.
Further confirmed speakers include: Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway; Fionna Kell, Homes for Scotland; Dr Deborah Long, Scottish Environment Link; Professor Simon Parsons, Scottish Water; Bill Scott, Poverty and Inequality Commission; Sarah Sutherland, Burges Salmon; Richard Sweetnam, Aberdeen City Council; Cameron Warren, Highland Wireless and Paul White, CPT Scotland.
The chairs are Gillian Martin MSP, Convenor, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, The Scottish Parliament and Edward Mountain MSP, Convenor, Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, The Scottish Parliament.
- Priorities for Scotland’s strategic infrastructure over the next 30 years;
- Assessing the Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations - sustainability and growth across Scotland;
- Next steps for the National Infrastructure Mission;
- Ensuring value for money in infrastructure investment; and
- Delivering Scotland’s infrastructure priorities - funding, collaboration and ensuring effective procurement.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Scotland Policy Conferences seminar has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Infrastructure Commission for Scotland; The Scottish Government; Transport Scotland; the Mobility and Accessibility Committee for Scotland; the Scotland Office; the Crown Estate Scotland; BEIS and the IPA.