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.
For instance, 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.
Improving the resilience of infrastructure to the impacts from climate change is one of the strategic themes which will shape the Commission’s work in the second National Infrastructure Assessment, due out in 2023. Our Baseline Report confirms that the Commission will undertake projects addressing two key challenges related to this theme:
- how better asset management can support resilience, barriers to investment, and the role of data and technology in maintaining existing assets
- a study on reducing the risks from surface water flooding and reducing water pollution from drainage.
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.
Regulation & resilience data
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National Infrastructure Assessment
An analysis of the UK’s long term economic infrastructure needs, outlining a strategic vision over the next thirty years.
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...
Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report
Our analysis of the performance of key infrastructure sectors which will inform the work leading to the UK's second National Infrastructure Assessment
Government accepts Commission’s recommendations for better resilience
The government has today (15 September 2021) published its formal response to the Commission’s 2020 study on resilience, Anticipate, react, recover – Resilient infrastructure systems. This study called for a new framework for resilience which anticipates future shocks and stresses; improves actions to resist, absorb and recover from them by testing for vulnerabilities; values resilience...
Climate resilience focus welcomed in proposed water strategic policy statement
The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed aspects of the draft Strategic Policy Statement for Ofwat, published today (22 July 2021). The statement sets out the government’s strategic priorities and expectations for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England. Giles Stevens, Director of Policy at the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “Strategic policy statements play an...
Plans of action needed next to deliver strategic goals, says Commission
Detailed plans for decarbonising energy supply, accelerating the roll out of electric vehicle charge points and connecting hard to reach areas with high capacity broadband are among the next steps needed to ensure government can deliver its aims for levelling up and meeting the net zero target, according to the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s...
Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure
System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities
Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems