The Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, which has 8,000 members and is part of a global organisation providing expertise on infrastructure, has released its latest State of the Nation Scotland report.
The Infrastructure Scorecard is released only once every Parliamentary term and grades the Scottish Government’s performance in five key areas of infrastructure – energy, transport, flooding, water and waste. It is compiled using evidence from independent and impartial expert members and stakeholders.
The grade is as follows: A (fit for the future), B (adequate for now), C (requires attention), D (at risk) and E (unfit for purpose). The report finds that, according to the set criteria assessed by national experts, the Scottish Government:
- has major concerns to address in the area of energy, down from C in 2011 to C- now, and close to the ‘at risk’ category
- has improved its performance in the area of strategic transport infrastructure, up from a C to a B-, but that local transport infrastructure is at risk with a D+ grade and is
- improving in waste, up from C in 2011 to C+ today
Ronnie Hunter, Chairman of the State of the Nation Scotland Steering Group of ICE Scotland, said: “Any country which wants to promote economic growth and improve its citizens’ quality of life needs to maintain a high quality and resilient infrastructure.
“Our energy, transport, flooding, water and waste systems must be resilient in the face of our changing demographics and our changing climate. Our independent, expert report analyses whether or not they are.
“Our grades show that most areas of Scotland’s infrastructure require attention. Although there is some good news, such as in the areas of waste and strategic transport, there are serious question marks over the resilience of our energy and local transport infrastructure.
“To address these particular concerns, we have called for a mature and rational debate on how we generate energy, and we are also calling for the Scottish Government to work with local authorities to address the £2 billion maintenance backlog in Scotland’s local roads.”