Preparing For A Drier Future
Wednesday 18 January 2023
Presented by Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at the
University of Oxford, and Jon Chappell, Senior Policy Adviser at the National Infrastructure Commission
About this Webinar
The National Infrastructure Commission is the government’s independent expert adviser on long term infrastructure policy. Among its advisory remit is water, flooding and drought. In 2018 the Commission published a seminal report on the latter which has informed water sector plans and government planning assumptions ever since. Preparing for a Drier Future called for that additional water supply and demand reduction totalling 4,000Ml/day to be delivered by 2050 to ensure England avoids severe
drought. This webinar will set out the triple track approach recommended by the Commission: addressing system leakages, investing in new supply and transfer infrastructure and reducing consumption. Commission representatives will offer an update on progress towards their proposed
solutions and touch on future plans for reports on water related topics.
About the Speakers
Jim Hall is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and is Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University’s Environmental Change Institute, he held academic positions in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and was an Expert Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission before his appointment. He is also Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and was a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate
Change Adaptation from 2009 to 2019.
Jon Chappell is a Senior Policy Adviser at the National Infrastructure Commission. Jon leads on monitoring the Commission’s recommendations on water resources for the Commission’s annual Infrastructure Progress Review. Jon has worked on Commission projects covering a range of issues
including urban transport, asset management and, most recently, surface water flooding. Jon has been with the Commission for three years and prior to joining the environment policy team he served as Head of the Commission’s Private Office.