Regulation & Resilience

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

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Summary

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:

  1. how better asset management can support resilience, barriers to investment, and the role of data and technology in maintaining existing assets
  2. 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.

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