This week involved lots of meetings on energy. Including one with British Gas to have a look at the technology behind combined heat and electricity boilers which has the potential to increase energy efficiency in your home. I also had many meetings on how to improve domestic energy efficiency. Read on to find out more.
On Monday I went to visit a British Gas site in Basingstoke to have a look at their work on micro combined heating and power appliances. My afternoon was somewhat linked to this as I chaired a meeting of the Westminister Sustainable Business Forum on domestic energy efficiency, something which I have been working on in Southampton. I finished Monday at a Parliamentary Labour Party Meeting.
I attended the launch of Climate Neutral Now which is a UN led climate Change initiative encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprint. You can visit their website, measure your carbon footprint and see what can be done to reduce it. I also had a meeting regarding the Green Deal which the Tories have stopped financing, this is a huge step back for domestic energy efficiency.
On the subject of domestic energy efficiency, Tuesday saw the launch of the Home Heat Helpline which will advise people over the winter who are worried about heating their homes. This is a big problem in Southampton and across the UK due to a perfect storm of aging housing and rising heating bills.
I ended my day having a meeting with the other members of the shadow DECC team and at an event regarding offshore wind.
On Wednesday PMQs was as exciting as ever with Jeremy Corbyn still not getting his questions regarding tax credits answered by the Prime Minister.
The Electoral Reform Society alongside Southampton University and other organisations are piloting Citizen's Assemblies. This is a project designed to get people across the UK involved and getting them to have a say in democratic reform. I was happy on Wednesday to film a short endorsement for this project.
Southampton has one of the worst levels of air quality in the UK and I finished my day on Wednesday in a meeting with DEFRA to see how we can work together to improve air quality in our city.
Thursday saw yet another meeting on how to improve energy efficiency this time with some low carbon power infrastructure added on. I had this meeting with the Aldersgate Group, Siemens and some others.
I finished up Thursday in my constituency at a Labour Party meeting. I really enjoy these meetings as I get to meet up with our members and discuss the issues of the day.