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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
Planning changes “need to put wind in the sails” of major infrastructure projects
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Planning changes “need to put wind in the sails” of major infrastructure projects

The government has today (23 September 2022) published its Growth Plan, which includes proposals to accelerate the delivery of key infrastructure. The Plan includes pledges to prioritise publication of new National Policy Statements for energy, water resources and national networks; reform of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project planning system; and steps to amend onshore wind...

23 Sep 2022 By
Armitt on drought resilience: fixing leaks, reducing demand, building supply
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Armitt on drought resilience: fixing leaks, reducing demand, building supply

In a comment piece for The Times’ Red Box, Commission Chair Sir John Armitt today sets out steps to help reduce the risk of future severe drought in England. The piece, reproduced below, argues for further action on identifying leaks, expanding water metering and reducing consumer demand, and building new supply and transfer infrastructure. Sir...

8 Aug 2022 By
James Heath: Reaching out to inform the next Assessment
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James Heath: Reaching out to inform the next Assessment

There is a quote from Einstein that is, I think, very relevant to the world of public policy. He reportedly said: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”. While I might disagree with the smart bit (!), Einstein’s observation about the value of having time and space to...

9 Jun 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
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
Climate-proofing the UK’s infrastructure must be a priority (article)
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Climate-proofing the UK’s infrastructure must be a priority (article)

Our Chair Sir John Armitt has today written an article in Business Green highlighting the importance of future-proofing the UK’s infrastructure against the impacts of climate change, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 9 on building resilient infrastructure. His text is reproduced below. “Throughout history, human beings have used infrastructure to master our...

8 Aug 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
Dealing with waste is essential for a low carbon future (letter)
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Dealing with waste is essential for a low carbon future (letter)

National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has today written a letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph in response to its editorial highlighting challenges facing the UK’s waste and recycling infrastructure. The text of the published letter is reproduced below. ‘Sir – Your characterisation of UK recycling as “chaotic” is worryingly accurate. Dealing...

28 Jun 2019 By
‘Data now as important to UK Infrastructure as concrete or steel’ – Sir John Armitt speech to DAFNI
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‘Data now as important to UK Infrastructure as concrete or steel’ – Sir John Armitt speech to DAFNI

Sir John Armitt today gave the keynote speech to the DAFNI conference. DAFNI is the Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. It is the first data and analytics facility of its kind to support infrastructure planning and research, facilitating collaboration across and between universities, government and the private sector. The data and modelling accessible...

10 Jun 2019 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

This is the full text of a speech by National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure event: ‘What should be in the National Infrastructure Strategy?’ Check against delivery. Thank you, Vicky, for your introduction. Thanks also to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Infrastructure for arranging today’s...

1 May 2019 By

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