To ensure the UK’s infrastructure is prepared for the major challenges of the future – such as the impacts of climate change and population growth - those planning and running key systems and services need clear policy direction and long term objectives. They also need to work within a regulatory system that supports these aims.
This is particularly important when it comes to further enhancing the resilience of our vital infrastructure.
By 2050, £9 billion a year will be invested in the energy sector to achieve net zero emissions – while £0.9 billion will need to be spent on drought resilience. Investment on this scale, supported by bill payers, requires an evolution of the UK’s policy and regulatory framework.
The Commission has undertaken two major studies covering this area: Strategic investment and public confidence and Anticipate, React, Recover: Resilient infrastructure systems.
Along with our related work, such as on financing nuclear projects, we seek to chart how government, regulators and relevant sectors might create the best environment to enable market-led solutions for securing sustainable and reliable infrastructure which addresses the UK’s future needs.
Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure
System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities
Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems
Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems
System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making
A duty to prepare: vital infrastructure must be ready for the future, finds Commission
The past is not always the best guide to the future and proactive steps are needed to ensure the UK’s infrastructure can remain resilient, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission has set out a new framework to help support change across infrastructure sectors and is calling for transparent standards...
Adaptive regulation, market risk and the cost of capital
Dealing with disruption: a YPP perspective on resilience
From safe water from our taps, to how we heat and light our homes, to the transport we use to get to work, our infrastructure provides the backbone of modern UK society. For many of us, this is something we take for granted but every so often the system is stressed or disrupted. What is...
Summer disruption highlights need to understand ‘cascade effect’ on resilience of inter-connected infrastructure systems
The National Infrastructure Commission is looking to address gaps in understanding of the resilience of complex infrastructure systems so that a repeat of this summer’s major service disruptions can be avoided. In scoping its Resilience Study the NIC has highlighted the need for a concerted effort from government and infrastructure operators to develop a much...
Ensuring resilience in a highly renewable energy mix
Back in July last year we launched the National Infrastructure Assessment, the first of its kind in this country and of its scope anywhere in the world. It identifies clear priorities for the UK’s economic infrastructure over the coming years and decades, based on a thirty-year forward look at the changing shape of our economy...