Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for infrastructure finance

June 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference focused on the way forward for infrastructure finance and development in the UK.

With the Infrastructure Bank Bill receiving royal assent in March 2023, delegates discussed how the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) can best employ targeted development to achieve its key goals of helping tackle climate change and reaching net zero.

With the second National Infrastructure Assessment expected in the autumn, it was also a timely opportunity to examine relevant challenges, including how to improve sustainability, reduce regional inequality in key sectors, such as transport, and adapt infrastructure to the pressures of climate change.

Further sessions looked at how to attract greater private investment in the UK’s infrastructure, improve value for money, and boost confidence in the sector.

Overall, the agenda included discussion on:

  • the UKIB: developing its role in facilitating net zero infrastructure - strategic priorities for tackling climate change - driving local and regional growth
  • finance: encouraging greater private investment - boosting investor confidence - improving value for money and social impact in procurement strategies
  • National Infrastructure Assessment: looking ahead to the second NIA - overcoming the nine main challenges identified in the NIC’s Baseline Report, including:
    • enabling net zero infrastructure
    • adapting to climate change
    • supporting levelling-up ambitions
  • deploying clean energy:
    • the impact of the cross-government Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) action plan - improving delivery of clean technologies
    • enabling investment
    • considerations for the upcoming National Resilience Strategy
  • future of transport infrastructure: improving sustainability, operational resilience and capacity - increasing national and local transport connectivity - driving growth - reducing regional inequalities
  • research and development: boosting investment in clean technologies - reducing barriers to innovation

The conference was an opportunity for the stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Cabinet Office; CCC; CMA; DAERA, NI; Defra; DBT; DfE; Department for the Economy, NI; DESNZ; DLUHC; Department of Finance, NI; DfT; HM Treasury; MCA; NAO; Ofgem; ORR; VOA; and the Welsh Government.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda