This is the final report of the National Infrastructure Commission's Resilience Study. Its key conclusion is that a new framework for resilience is needed to ensure that the UK’s energy, water, digital, road and rail infrastructure can cope with shocks and stresses, now and in the future.
The UK’s economic infrastructure has, for the most part, proved resilient to shocks and stresses over recent years. However, over the past year, major floods and the UK’s worst power cut for a decade have offered a glimpse of the disruption that can happen when something goes wrong. While the flooding was localised and the power cut short term, both had significant impacts on families and businesses. The risks of disruption will be exacerbated by climate and other changes.
Resilient infrastructure can continue to provide the services the UK relies on despite shocks and has the capacity to adapt and transform to longer term chronic stresses, risks and opportunities.
To deliver resilient infrastructure, a framework for resilience is required that:
Much of what is needed is already in place, but improvements can still be made:
Other reports can be found on the National Infrastructure Commission's website.