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UK Infrastructure Bank plans clean energy focus

The UK’s Infrastructure Bank (UK IB) has outlined how it plans to invest £22bn to “tackle climate change and regional inequalities”, with clean energy listed as the largest area of investment across technologies like subsidy-free renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Launching the first Strategic Plan, published on 23 June, UK IB chief executive John Flint said that improving energy security and supply is a “top priority” which will help deliver the UK’s Net Zero commitments and tackle regional economic inequality […] the war in Ukraine is an economic earthquake that underlines our mission and the strategic importance of energy security to the UK’s economic future. Rising energy bills also show how in the long-term we need to increase our domestic supply of energy.”

The Bank has £22B of financing capacity to deploy: £8B in debt and equity, £10B in guarantees and £4B for Local Authority lending. Partnering with the private sector and local government, it aims to fully commit its balance sheet over the next five to eight years.

The portfolio will focus on five key areas: clean energy, transport, waste, digital and water, with clean energy set to gain the largest portion of funding. Water and waste are listed as the smallest areas of funding, with the Bank citing a lack of current investment opportunities.

Across low-carbon technologies, the strategy outlines plans to focus on low-carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and storage technologies, decarbonising heat in buildings, financing retrofits and upgrades and enabling local authorities to invest in zero emissions and electric vehicles and infrastructure.

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