Regulation & Resilience

Effective policies and regulation are needed to help infrastructure sectors to prepare for an uncertain future.

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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.

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Latest Updates

Government accepts Commission’s recommendations for better resilience
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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...

15 Sep 2021 By
Climate resilience focus welcomed in proposed water strategic policy statement
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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...

22 Jul 2021 By
Plans of action needed next to deliver strategic goals, says Commission
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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...

17 Feb 2021 By
Principles for setting levels of service

Principles for setting levels of service

21 Jul 2020
Resilience impact and costing note

Resilience impact and costing note

21 Jul 2020
Case studies and good practice for resilience
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Case studies and good practice for resilience

21 Jul 2020
Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure
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Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure

28 May 2020
System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities
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System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities

28 May 2020
Call for evidence submissions
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Call for evidence submissions

28 May 2020
Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems
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Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems

28 May 2020
Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems
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Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems

28 May 2020
System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making
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System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making

28 May 2020

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