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We’re recruiting: Project Manager
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We’re recruiting: Project Manager

The Commission in 2023 will be opening a new second office in Leeds and changing the location of its London offices, and we are looking to recruit someone with the right experience and enthusiasm to help the Commission successfully transition to dual-office operation. For the successful candidate this will offer a wide-ranging programme of work...

20 Jan 2022 By
Regional water plans a positive step towards drought resilience for England
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Regional water plans a positive step towards drought resilience for England

Commitments by water companies to take action together to secure long term water supplies for consumers and businesses in England have been welcomed by the Commission as an important step towards achieving long term resilience to drought. Consultations are now underway on new draft water resource management plans by the five regional water resources groups....

18 Jan 2022 By
We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Digital
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We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Digital

The Commission is recruiting for an experienced policy professional to join our team and provide expert advice on policy development on the UK’s digital and telecoms infrastructure. This role is a great opportunity to work creatively and rigorously on some of the most pressing issues for UK infrastructure over the long term, shaping how digital...

12 Jan 2022 By
We’re recruiting: HR & Operations Manager

We’re recruiting: HR & Operations Manager

The Commission is looking for someone with a strong HR background and experience in delivering strategic and operational workforce programmes to come and join the team. This role offers a fantastic opportunity to work with senior leaders and key partners across the Commission and provide strategic drive, challenge, support and guidance across a wide-ranging HR...

7 Jan 2022 By
Commission to open new office in Leeds
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Commission to open new office in Leeds

The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement today (20 December 2021) that the Commission will open a new office in Leeds by the end of 2023. The new office in Yorkshire will form the base for around 40 per cent of the Commission’s secretariat in the future, with others continuing to work from...

20 Dec 2021 By
Frank debate on costs and expectations needed to prepare infrastructure for climate change
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Frank debate on costs and expectations needed to prepare infrastructure for climate change

A public debate needs to be held on the right level of investment that today’s consumers and taxpayers can be expected to pay to prepare key national infrastructure for climate risks of the future, the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has told a Parliamentary committee. Sir John Armitt told MPs and Peers that on...

14 Dec 2021 By
Dreaming of a green Christmas in 2035
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Dreaming of a green Christmas in 2035

Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will mean that Christmas is likely to look very different within the next 15 years. By 2035 – half way between today and the legally binding 2050 deadline for the UK to hit net zero – the UK will need to have cut emissions by 78% compared...

13 Dec 2021 By
Five lessons from our overview of infrastructure challenges
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Five lessons from our overview of infrastructure challenges

Last month the Commission published its Baseline Report for the second National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA2), identifying key challenges for the coming decades that we will explore in more detail in that Assessment. I worked as lead author on the report, pulling together work from across the Commission’s team into a single narrative. Here are some...

7 Dec 2021 By
Warming up a new way to model future behaviours
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Warming up a new way to model future behaviours

An opinion piece by David Menzies, Modelling Lead for the National Infrastructure Commission. To a large extent, how you heat your home is your decision. For most people it’s also a decision taken when their existing heating system is at or near the end of its life. Will you keep gas central heating? Will you...

1 Dec 2021 By
“A realistic plan for major long term investments”: Commission responds to Integrated Rail Plan
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“A realistic plan for major long term investments”: Commission responds to Integrated Rail Plan

Responding to the government’s publication of its Integrated Rail Plan, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said: “We now have a realistic plan for major long term investments to improve rail for the North and Midlands in the face of public spending constraints. In our advice to government the Commission made the...

18 Nov 2021 By
Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment
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Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment

The National Infrastructure Commission has announced the topics that will sit at the heart of its next major assessment of the UK’s long term infrastructure priorities, to be published in 2023, following analysis of the current performance of key sectors. The priorities will include identifying the infrastructure needed for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage...

15 Nov 2021 By
James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

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
Welcome spending plans should “support a more stable national infrastructure planning cycle”

Welcome spending plans should “support a more stable national infrastructure planning cycle”

Responding to today’s Budget and Spending Review, Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “With reasonable capital settlements for key areas including local transport outside London, and an increase in the guidelines for projected infrastructure spending for the long term, these announcements indicate a government keen to support a more stable national...

27 Oct 2021 By
Commission to investigate surface water flooding risks
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Commission to investigate surface water flooding risks

The government has asked the independent National Infrastructure Commission to investigate how the risks of surface water flooding can be better managed, following a spate of inland flooding incidents in recent months.  The Commission will seek to identify improvements needed to England’s drainage systems to manage and mitigate surface water flooding in both urban and rural areas.  Surface water flooding is the most common flood...

27 Oct 2021 By
“The priority now is to get on with it”: Sir John Armitt responds to government’s net zero strategies
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“The priority now is to get on with it”: Sir John Armitt responds to government’s net zero strategies

The government has today (19 October 2021) published a number of documents setting out commitments to support the transition to a lower carbon economy. Responding to publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy, Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “Kick starting the heat pump market to reduce costs for households to...

19 Oct 2021 By

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