Policy update

12 September 2013
IET Communications team
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Recent news from the IET’s policy volunteers and staff.

The IET’s policy volunteers and staff have been busy with meetings and seminars, responding to consultations, and commenting in the media on a number of issues.


Working with the Government

Recent work with the UK Government has included providing evidence to the Department for Work and Pensions Triennial Review into the Health and Safety Executive.

The IET also held a joint workshop with officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change on modelling the whole energy system, with positive feedback and further workshops planned.

IET principal policy advisor Alan Berry recently met with Chloe Smith MP, minister for political and constitutional reform, to discuss cyber security standards.


The IET and Parliament

Margaret Wood, a member of the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel, recently attended a seminar as part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the funding of scientific infrastructure.

Duncan Botting from the Energy Policy Panel attended a seminar held by the All Party Group on STEM at the Northern Ireland Assembly to talk about the Scottish experience with sustainable energy policy.

And the IET Transmission Costing Study was quoted by Michael Fallon MP, minister for business and enterprise, in a written ministerial answer to a question from Jonathan Edwards MP. 


Recent submissions

The IET contributed to a government consultation on Creating the right environment for Demand Side Response (DSR). The submission welcomed the attention being paid to DSR and emphasised the importance of revealing its full (whole system) value. It highlighted the significant engineering aspects which the IET believes should be taken into account at an early stage in policy development.

The Institution also made a submission to the Department for Culture Media and Sport on Mobile connectivity in England, and, following this, was approached directly to provide further technical input to the Department’s broadband planning team.


EMC and Functional Safety

The EMC and Functional Safety Policy Panel has produced a new guidance document for industry, which was launched at EMC Europe 2013 in Bruges, Belgium in early September. The document has received support from a number of functional safety organisations and the HSE. 


Media coverage

The recent Holyrood Briefing by the IET's Engineering Policy Group Scotland was referenced in an article in The Scotsman about the need to encourage more women into science and engineering careers.

Jeremy Acklam from the Transport Policy Panel appeared extensively on BBC News and Radio reacting to the Spanish rail crash, and also appeared on Sky News commenting on High Speed Two (HS2).

Professor Will Stewart, chair of the Communications Policy Panel, appeared live on Al Jazeera English commenting on the news that Microsoft is buying Nokia, and Dr Martyn Thomas, chair of the IT Policy Panel, has been quoted widely in magazines such as Computer Weekly on the subject of smart meters.

IET policy advisors Jayne Hall and Stephanie Fernandes were also both featured in The Guardian’s coverage of A-level and GCSE results.

For more information on recent media coverage, please visit the IET in the news page of the website.