Friday 8th February 2013, 7-9.30pm, Market House Kingston
“Warmer homes, lower bills, cooler planet” – how could we achieve these? Save the World Club (SWC), working with Transition Town Kingston (TTK) and the national “Energy We Can All Afford?” initiative, hosted a panel discussion on this topic, covering fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the current Energy Bill. The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was keynote speaker, and the panel of experts, local and national, consisted of Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of Age Concern Kingston, Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth, Martyn Williams from Transform UK, and Ben Farnes, Young Media Champion, National Children’s Bureau. Chaired by SWC’s Director, Jo Butcher, there was consensus among the panel that we need to make our old and inadequate housing stock energy efficient in order to tackle fuel poverty, lower bills and reduce carbon emissions; and there was a lively debate about plans for a decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill and whether the Green Deal will work for everyone. The event was incredibly popular – tickets for the free event sold out 2 weeks beforehand – and with good questions from the floor, the event showed a keen local appetite for such discussions and left many wanting more.
Save the World Club and Transition Town Kingston are delighted with the successful outcome from this collaboration and are looking forward to many more. With thanks to everyone who helped to make it a success.