There were two prominent topics dominating our visits in June: sustainability and finance. These topics are increasingly common both in our visits and our events. This is due to the importance that is being placed on them both in Parliament and in industry.
We are the premium option for parliamentarians to learn about exactly what business is doing on these issues of importance, and what emerging innovations that might see wider adoption in the future. Sending parliamentarians on these visits will have given them first-hand exposure and additional knowledge they can apply in their day-to-day work.
Embracing alternative energy
Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist, who was raised to Peerage in 2016, is using her IPT Fellowship to take a closer look at alternative sources of energy and is especially interested green energy and the emerging energy creation technology.
In June she made two visits including one to Oxford Nanosystems, a business developing technology that enhances heat transfer coefficients during the manufacturing process. Oxford Nanosytems organsised an ‘alternative energy day’ for Baroness Bloomfield. After she toured their facilities, she went on to meet with local organisations – Tokamak Energy, Metronome Energy and representatives from other energy clusters – that are also working on products and processes that consume less energy, limit environmental impact and reduce costs for both consumers and manufacturers.
Baroness Bloomfield also visited EDF’s site at Hinkley Point C in June. She heard the latest about the project where they are building two new nuclear reactors; aiming to generate enough low-carbon electricity to power six million homes.
The project is also creating up to 25,000 job opportunities and hoping to support the South West. Baroness Bloomfield visited the Apprentice Hub and met with apprentices. She heard and learnt about how the creation of new types of low-carbon energy is helping create new skilled employment and increasing career prospects for young people.
BASF Industry Visit: Farming for the future
We took a closer look at the efforts being made to tackle climate change and increase biodiversity by BASF at their farm in Wellingborough. We sent a cross-party delegation consisting of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Pauline Latham MP, Angus MacNeil MP, Bridget Phillipson MP and Lord Young of Norwood Green, some actively engaged with our Fellowship Programme and others who were invited due to specific interests in the topic, to learn about the farm’s efforts.
Read more about what parliamentarians did on the day and their thoughts of the visit.
Other visits in June