The Government body assessing the future of infrastructure in the UK is commissioning research into the waste sector.
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) provides strategic thinking, analysis and advice to ministers on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs.
Every Parliament is required to establish a National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) to evaluate those needs. This forms the basis of recommendations from the NIC – the NIA also monitors progress against them.
The NIA has published a tender for an analysis of waste infrastructure to identify the best value investment strategy, weighing the costs of separation and different treatment/disposal pathways against the economic, environmental and social benefits.
The analysis will be in two stages to assess the costs and benefits of:
- Increasing separation within the waste infrastructure system
- Directing the separated waste streams down different treatment/disposal pathways
The period to be covered by the analysis will be 2020 to 2050.
Tenders for the contract, which is expected to be worth £50,000-£80,000 are being sought by 17 July with the contract due to run between 3 August and 14 March 2018.