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Business Committee publishes written evidence on Government’s infrastructure planning policies

7 December 2021

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has today published the written evidence submissions it has received for its new inquiry into the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPS). 

The NPS provides a legal and policy framework which the Secretary of State for BEIS uses to determine applications for new, nationally significant infrastructure projects, such as power stations and wind farms. 

This morning, the BEIS Committee also began the public evidence hearings for the energy NPS inquiry. In Tuesday morning’s evidence session, the cross-party group of MPs questioned three panels of witnesses, including representatives from across the UK energy sector, National Grid, the National Infrastructure Commission, the Institute for Civil Engineers.

The Committee has published evidence submissions today from a range of businesses, trade bodies and organisations (full list below) including RWE, Energy UK, National Infrastructure Planning Association, Institute of Civil Engineers, The Wildlife Trusts, and Dr Nick Hughes, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

The written evidence submissions covering issues relating to the pace of change required in the energy system to deliver the Government’s objectives of achieving net zero by 2050; the impact of energy infrastructure on ecology and the need to build flexibility into the Energy NPS to apply to emerging energy technologies that may contribute to the net zero target over the next 10 years.

The written evidence had been submitted ahead of the inquiry evidence deadline at the end of November.