Policy update

19 July 2013
IET Communications team
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Recent news from the IET's Policy team.

There have been interesting developments for the IET’s Policy team over the past couple of months. Find out about some of the highlights below.

Engineering for growth

It was announced last week that the IET will join a number of other engineering companies and institutions to launch Engineering for Growth - a campaign to support growth in UK engineering businesses and promote engineering careers.

Engineering for Growth will demonstrate the economic impact and societal benefits delivered by engineering, which contributes £481bn in added value to the UK economy and employs over 5.4 million people.

Cyber security

The IET is leading the Engineering the Future (EtF) response to brief officials at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on cyber security standards for organisations.

The proposals made to date have been recognised as a useful thought leadership guide to assist the BIS Working Party in achieving their objectives. BIS have requested a follow up discussion that will take place within the next three to four weeks.

The IET Policy team has also been involved in briefing Government minister Chloe Smith MP at a round table event, giving specific advice around the definition of cyber.

Local energy

Duncan Botting, a member of the Energy Policy Panel, gave oral evidence on behalf of the IET to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee inquiry into Local Energy.

The IET’s key message was that the contribution of local energy, from a systems perspective, is much greater and more diverse than a simple measure of electricity generated. Benefits can include efficient use of waste heat, energy efficiency, time-shifting of demand to reduce peaks, provision of balancing services to the grid as well as local employment. However the multiple sources of revenue make business planning complex for businesses and communities.

Duncan Botting also attended a sustainable energy event at the Northern Ireland Assembly, on behalf of the IET, to give evidence on the Scottish experience with renewable energy.

Digital by default

Dr Martyn Thomas, chair of the IT Policy Panel, represented the IET and gave oral evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee on their inquiry into the Government’s ‘Digital by Default’ strategy.

Autonomous road vehicles

The IET was approached by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to assist them in writing a 'POST Note' on autonomous road vehicles. Several members of the IET’s Transport Policy Panel provided information and expertise.

Women in STEM

The Engineering Policy Group Scotland ran an MSP briefing event in Holyrood on ‘Women in STEM Careers’. The event was hosted by Maureen Watt MSP. Linda Somerville, manager of Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Engineering, Science and Technology, gave the keynote address. The event was attended by 11 MSPs and more than 60 industrialists, academics and Government officials.