“The past is not always the best guide to the future”. That is the stark warning at the heart of a wide ranging new report from the independent National Infrastructure Commission, which warns the “robust historic resilience” of the UK’s infrastructure is facing mounting pressure from both escalating climate impacts and unanticipated shocks such as the health crisis currently afflicting the country. The government-appointed Commission has today published a new framework setting out how the country’s infrastructure can better “resist, absorb and recover from shocks”. Specifically, the report sets out how new standards should be developed to provide appropriate service levels, how stress testing to prepare for major incidents should become more widespread, and how utilities should be provided with clearer direction to ensure they invest in long term resilience.
Business Green 28th May 2020 read more »