Guest blog from Eddie Hyams, Chairman of the Energy Saving Trust

Last week I attended a number of fringe events at the
Conservative Party Conference where we participated, alongside a wide range of
organisations at the Climate Clinic. It was a busy few days and we took the
opportunity to hold quite a number of meetings with policy makers and opinion
formers all of which were thought provoking and of real value.

I enjoyed chairing the Energy Saving Trust’s own fringe
event ‘’Citizen Action – cracking the politics of climate change’’. The subject
was tackled by three interesting and thought provoking speakers, Philip Blond,
Professor Erik Bichard and Ben Page which led to a lively question time
discussion.

Philip Sellwood our CEO attended a timely breakfast meeting
on Smart Grids and Smart Meters and this event neatly coincided with the
release of our own research on customer attitudes to smart meters. This
emphasised again the importance of a compelling and clear displays in every home.
At the same time I participated
in an interesting breakfast briefing arranged by the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy to discuss Campaigning
for Energy Efficiency in Local Communities.

Another well timed event in the light of Ofgem’s newly
published report on Energy and Prices in the next decade was a Social Markets
Foundation event on ‘’Guaranteeing an efficient, secure energy supply for the
UK’’  As you might expect, in my
contribution I emphasised the vital role of energy efficiency in and around the
home.