Businesses in the environmental technologies sector feel “uncertainty” towards the Government’s Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), a new survey has revealed.
The EIC Environmental Investment Network survey found that respondents ranked both the abolition and the extension of the IPC among the “very unimportant” policy pledges in the recent party manifestos, with 9% and 6% of votes from network members respectively.
Commenting on the results, EIC Environmental Investment Network manager Matthew Evans said: “The results show some uncertainty towards the IPC. It’s a new programme and a new Government body, so perhaps there’s still scepticism towards it.
I think there’s an appreciation for the concept, but scepticism about how such bodies actually speed things up.”
He believed that in order to improve its public standing, the IPC required clarification over what defines the “significant projects” under its remit, as well as a “definitive list of what its targets are”.
The survey, which attracted 88 responses from network members, also found that no single party’s policies were favoured outright by respondents.
Evans said: “The point we’re trying to get across, is that if one party does win the election, it needs to broaden its horizons, and take in policies from all three manifestos, in order to have not too narrow a focus.”