A new report from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) highlights 10 innovative technologies that can modernize improve the UK's urban infrastructure. As all 10 are already being used in at least one UK city or town, the GIB suggests the technologies could be rolled out immediately and at scale across the UK.
The report -- Smarter, greener cities: ten ways to modernise and improve UK urban infrastructure – suggests investment in modern, green infrastructure brings a range of benefits to cities and their residents. Among them: less air pollution, less traffic congestion, improved energy efficiency, lower energy bills, strengthened resilience and improved livability.
The technologies featured in the report include:
- Anaerobic digestion
- On-site combined heat and power
- District heating
- Distributed renewables
- LED street lighting
- Energy from waste
- Energy efficiency building retrofits
- Low carbon public transport fleets
- Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Data and communications infrastructure
World class examples
UK cities already making use of some of these infrastructure solutions include Aberdeen, Birmingham, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading and Sheffield, according to GIB, which was established to help finance green infrastructure projects.
"Across the UK we have some world class examples of innovative green energy infrastructure," said Shaun Kingsbury, GIB chief executive. "Our challenge now is to take these technologies, which can be used in any city, and roll them out in every city. Investing in this type of infrastructure will have a transformational impact on the competitiveness and livability of our cities."
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