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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
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below.   Before I begin let me thank our...

7 Oct 2020 By
James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit
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James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit yesterday (29 September 2020). His speech explored the importance of a long term strategy for infrastructure planning, the tests which the Commission will apply to the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy, and the key policies the Commission recommends is...

30 Sep 2020 By
Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum
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Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum

“I’m very pleased to be here, and indeed, to have had the opportunity to have listened to some, if not all, of the presentations today. This is my chance to assess progress against the Commission’s report, which we published nearly three years ago in November 2017, on what we call the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc. That...

22 Sep 2020 By
Sir John Armitt speech to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure
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Sir John Armitt speech to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

Sir John Armitt addressed MPs and Peers at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure in the House of Commons, saying that ministers should take their “golden moment of opportunity” to make firm decisions on developing sustainable infrastructure beyond HS2 and accelerate existing planned projects as part of the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure...

12 Feb 2020 By
Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit
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Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt addressed Metro Mayors and other city leaders from around the country who came together at a Cities Summit today – as part of our cities programme – to make the case for greater autonomy over transport decisions and long-term funding for cities, as set out in the National Infrastructure Assessment....

11 Sep 2019 By
Phil Graham: Speech to the Future of Infrastructure Conference
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Phil Graham: Speech to the Future of Infrastructure Conference

Commission Chief Executive Phil Graham gave the keynote speech at the Future of Infrastructure 2019 conference in London, reviewing the main recommendations of the National Infrastructure Assessment just over a year after its publication, the long-term challenge of achieving the UK’s Net Zero target and the importance of transforming the country’s infrastructure. The full text...

18 Jul 2019 By

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