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James Heath: “pace, not perfection” key to reducing infrastructure emissions
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James Heath: “pace, not perfection” key to reducing infrastructure emissions

Commission chief executive James Heath spoke this afternoon (6 July) to the 18th Annual UK Sustainable Infrastructure Summit in London. In his remarks he explored the scale of the challenge facing the UK in fully decarbonising its energy systems by 2050 and the principles the Commission is using to guide the recommendations it will make...

6 Jul 2023 By
James Heath: The future of transport in UK cities
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James Heath: The future of transport in UK cities

The Commission’s chief executive James Heath gave a speech to the Move 2023 conference in London today (21 June 2023) exploring the questions and emerging themes which are shaping our work on urban transport ahead of the publication of the UK’s second National Infrastructure Assessment later this autumn. Our job at the National Infrastructure Commission...

21 Jun 2023 By
James Heath at Water Industry Forum: Long term solutions to fix ‘too much, too little, too dirty’ water
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James Heath at Water Industry Forum: Long term solutions to fix ‘too much, too little, too dirty’ water

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the Water Industry Forum’s annual dinner in Leeds yesterday (8 March 2023). In his remarks, he sets out the ‘triple challenge’ facing the sector and the need for a fresh approach that sets out clear goals and long term strategies for achieving them, supported by...

9 Mar 2023 By
James Heath’s speech at Northern Transport Summit: Connecting the North’s towns, cities and communities
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James Heath’s speech at Northern Transport Summit: Connecting the North’s towns, cities and communities

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, gave a keynote address at the Northern Transport Summit held in Liverpool today (23 February 2023). In his remarks, James stresses the importance of investing in a more resilient rail service for the North, before outlining the Commission’s approach to analysing the specific role transport modes...

23 Feb 2023 By
James Heath: Incentivising the delivery of resilient infrastructure
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James Heath: Incentivising the delivery of resilient infrastructure

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, spoke at a roundtable event on Wednesday (30 November 2022) organised by Resilience First and PA Consulting, in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, on building a ‘whole society’ approach to national resilience. In his remarks, James reflected on how to incentivise behaviours that support building resilience....

1 Dec 2022 By
James Heath: Is the cost-of-living crisis an infrastructure crisis?
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James Heath: Is the cost-of-living crisis an infrastructure crisis?

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, spoke at the London Infrastructure Summit today (10 November 2022) organised by BusinessLDN. In his remarks, James reflects on the challenges facing infrastructure sectors as they decarbonise, in particular the need for significant capital investment against a backdrop of economic constraints. James sets out the conditions...

10 Nov 2022 By
James Heath’s speech to Utility Week Live: climate adaptation and resilience
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James Heath’s speech to Utility Week Live: climate adaptation and resilience

The Commission’s Chief Executive, James Heath, today (17 May 2022) gave a keynote address at Utility Week Live on climate adaptation and resilience. The session, held at the Birmingham NEC, explored utilities’ approaches to adaptation planning and how they are seeking to build resilience to respond to the impacts of climate change already present, as...

17 May 2022 By
James Heath sets out Commission’s approach to surface water flooding
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James Heath sets out Commission’s approach to surface water flooding

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum event today (19 April 2022) on Priorities for water management. James’ speech sets out the approach the Commission is taking to its ongoing study on surface water flooding, including exploring the role of governance, performance standards and investment...

19 Apr 2022 By
Sir John Armitt: we need a year of acceleration rather than prevarication
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Sir John Armitt: we need a year of acceleration rather than prevarication

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt gave an address to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure this evening (23 February 2022) offering a look ahead to the high level challenges for infrastructure networks over the next 12 months. Sir John noted the importance of staying the course with long term plans...

23 Feb 2022 By
James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband
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James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

The following remarks were shared by the Commission’s Chief Executive James Heath at a WEETF eForum event on 2 November on the theme of ‘Delivering Gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband’.  “I should start off by declaring an interest. Before I joined the National Infrastructure Commission, I worked at DCMS and was involved in designing the government’s broadband...

2 Nov 2021 By
James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy
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James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy

The following remarks were given by our Chief Economist James Richardson at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum event on Creating the hydrogen economy, which took place earlier today. “Hydrogen seems to inspire equal parts optimism and scepticism. Perhaps that’s only to be expected from a new technology. But I thought it would be...

26 May 2021 By
Julia Prescot’s speech to Westminster Forum on priorities for the UK infrastructure bank
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Julia Prescot’s speech to Westminster Forum on priorities for the UK infrastructure bank

The following remarks were given as a keynote address by Commissioner Julia Prescot at a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference which took place today (19 May 2021), exploring priorities for the UK infrastructure bank. Introduction  Thank you for inviting me to speak at your event this morning and it’s good to be...

19 May 2021 By
Bridget Rosewell speech to Westminster Social Policy Forum: Next steps for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc
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Bridget Rosewell speech to Westminster Social Policy Forum: Next steps for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Bridget Rosewell, National Infrastructure Commissioner, at a virtual conference held on 26 March 2021 to discuss progress on the Oxford-Cambridge Growth Arc. “As we gather again to discuss progress on the Oxford-Cambridge arc, it is perhaps helpful to remember the exam question the Commission was...

29 Mar 2021 By
James Heath speech to CBI Infrastructure Board
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James Heath speech to CBI Infrastructure Board

The Commission’s chief executive spoke to members of the Confederation of British Industry’s Infrastructure Board today, offering reflections on the government’s National Infrastructure Strategy, the Commission’s priorities for 2021 as set out in our Annual Monitoring Report, and to look ahead to some of the long term infrastructure challenges that the Commission is likely to...

4 Mar 2021 By
James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat
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James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed Utility Week’s ‘Build Back Better’ Forum today (21 October 2020). His speech explored the policy decisions and investment needed to harness the full potential of low carbon heat, setting out the range of evidence that will be required to ensure effective decisions to address the...

21 Oct 2020 By

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