Impact of Technology on Infrastructure Explored
National Infrastructure Commission looks at the impact of technological change on future infrastructure supply and demand.
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has been tasked with putting together a National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) once a parliament.
The National Infrastructure Assessment will analyse the UK’s long-term economic infrastructure needs, outline a strategic vision over a 30-year time horizon and set out recommendations for how identified needs should begin to be met. It will cover transport, digital, energy, water and wastewater, flood risk and solid waste, assessing the infrastructure system as a whole. It will look across sectors, identifying and exploring the most important interdependencies and cross-cutting themes.
The NIC has published it's first paper looking at technology, as part of a series looking at the drivers of future infrastructure supply and demand in the UK.
The paper considers these cross-cutting trends across the sectors under the Commission’s remit and their potential impacts over the next thirty years, examining how technology can:
- Reduce the need to build new infrastructure
- Create demand for additional infrastructure
- Lower the cost of supplying infrastructure
- Create demand for a new infrastructure system
- Drive a decrease in demand for an infrastructure system
- Lead to more vulnerable infrastructure systems
Based on the analysis in this paper, the Commission is developing three scenarios based on varying rates of technological change as inputs into its broader scenario development for the National Infrastructure Assessment. These will assume different rates of change across key technologies which could have an impact on infrastructure supply and demand to 2050.
The NIC welcomes comments on the paper until February 2017. If you have any comments please get in touch with Aimee Betts-Charalambous.
Latest News from
Roundtable Summary: Making prison design compatible with future tech innovation14/06/2021 16:25:00
On the 18th and 20th May, part of #DigitalJustice2021 week, techUK’s Justice and Emergency Services Programme ran two roundtables with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) exploring the role of technology in the build of existing and future prisons.
UK and US Strengthen Cooperation over Emerging Threats14/06/2021 11:25:00
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden agreed a number of steps to enhance the world’s strongest bilateral defence and security partnership.
Guest blog: AI in healthcare - How economics can help us understand the risks11/06/2021 13:38:00
Federico Cilauro, Manager at Frontier Economics, a leading economics consultancy, writes about the potential of AI to revolutionise medical diagnosis.
European Commission publishes new Standard Contractual Clauses11/06/2021 11:25:00
Following the Schrems II ruling, the European Commission has updated its existing Standard Contractual Clauses for the first time since 2010, to allow for better compliance to GDPR in the transfer of personal data across borders.
Maritime Early Warning Innovations Competition10/06/2021 16:25:00
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition for the development of innovative technologies to provide novel methods of Early Warning (EW) for maritime operations.
techUK welcomes G7 Global Tax Agreement10/06/2021 12:38:00
The deal at the G7 paves the way for broader multilateral talks at the OECD and a pathway to the removal of national digital services taxes.
New study reveals the data of a year lived online for the UK10/06/2021 10:10:00
UK regulator Ofcom has published its 2021 Online Nation Report, offering a snapshot of an “unprecedented year” for UK citizens as communication, entertainment, culture, retail, work and education moved online.
Procurement Policy Note 06/21: Taking Account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts09/06/2021 11:25:00
The Cabinet Office has launched guidance on taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major central government contracts.