National Needs Assessment - policy report update

The National Needs Assessment (NNA) is a cross-sector policy review of the UK’s national economic infrastructure needs to 2050. Coordinated by ICE, it covers energy, transport, communications, housing, water, waste and flooding.

Consultation process

Following a call for evidence a number of consultative sessions were held around the UK in April. We have since received around 50 submissions. These are being analysed by Atkins.

Policy report progress

The purpose of the National Needs Assessment policy report is to provide an overview to government of the infrastructure industry’s priorities for infrastructure development over the next 30 years.

A final policy report is currently being drafted and publication scheduled for 19 October. This will include publication of all submissions (where agreed).

It is expected that our report will be fed into the government-backed National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment.

Media launch

On 19 October 2016 the published National Needs Assessment policy report will be launched to the government, industry and media at ICE headquarters. This will include video reports and analysis with leading industry figures.

Shared vision for infrastructure

To start the policy process we agreed a set of principles and asked a series of questions to encourage contributions.

The UK will invest efficiently, affordably and sustainably in the provision of infrastructure assets and services to drive the economic growth necessary to enhance the UK's position in the global economy, support a high quality of life and shift towards a low carbon future.

This requires a comprehensive decision making framework which considers both demand and supply-side approaches to meeting the UK's needs and which can deliver:

  • Resilient, flexible and efficient infrastructure, designed with consideration for future technological advances and climate change and where asset and networks' cross-sectoral interdependencies are identified and managed.
  • National decision-making that is integrated with regional and local planning.
  • Timely investment in new low-carbon infrastructure capacity.
  • Technological innovation in the provision and consumption of infrastructure services.
  • Management of demand in ways that will enhance system efficiency and service quality.
  • Investment in resilience to ensure continuity of service when systems are under stress.
  • The efficient provision of infrastructure services which meet the changing needs of users.
  • Long-term, objective and consistent policy, regulatory and investment regimes.

Establishing strategic options

We will set out strategic options that will enable the UK to realise the vision and deliverables. We will test the performance of these options using the ITRC's modelling.

These options will include;

  • Major investments in new capacity.
  • Major demand management and behavioural change interventions.
  • The impact of technological change.
  • Adapting and mitigating to climate change.
  • Policy and regulatory change.
  • Alternative sources of financing and funding.

Constraints and considerations will include:

  • Affordability.
  • Financing and funding mechanisms.
  • Carbon and wider environmental impacts.
  • Public & political acceptability.
  • Technological feasibility.
  • Ability to deliver programmes and projects.

Executive group members

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • KPMG
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Oxford University and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium
  • Cambridge University
  • Confederation of British Industry
  • Thames Water
  • National Grid
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Green Alliance
  • London First
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Atkins

Who to contact

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