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Trading standards to front climate change education urges shadow minister

Local authority trading standards professionals should play an important role in leading the climate change agenda - this was a key message to emerge from the Trading Standards Institute Conference in Brighton today (Wed 1 July).

Shadow Minister for energy and climate change Baroness Judith Wilcox, used the event as a platform to urge the government to enable trading standards professionals to communicate key climate change messages to consumers and small businesses.

She said: 'Money is going to have to be found for a lot of training for trading standards officers.

'This is a technical and scientific subject -trading standards professionals need good information and training.'

The Baroness pointed out the close links that trading standards officers have with consumers and small businesses. These are both crucial audiences in the battle to influence public opinion regarding the climate change debate.

Chairman of TSI and head of Surrey County Council Trading Standards Peter Denard said: 'We already tackle a number of issues around the climate change agenda and we would be a natural home to carry out this important role Baroness Wilcox is advocating.'

Government Minister for the department of energy and climate change Lord Hunt was another keynote speaker at today's breakfast debate. He said local government faced an 'immense challenge' over climate change and called for local authorities to take a leadership role.

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The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2009, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists!
The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

The 2009 Conference is being held at the Brighton Centre from Tuesday 30 June to Thursday 02 July. The conference press office will be open from 9am on Monday 29 June (the day before the event starts) until 5pm on Thursday 02 July.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

The conference is hosted by TSI chairman Peter Denard and the main sponsor is the British Toy and Hobby Association.

Some 3,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute has represented the interests of Trading Standards professionals for 120 years. We have a long and proud history of ensuring that the views of our members are well represented at the highest level of government, both nationally and internationally.

Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.

TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They also support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.

They also work in the business, consumer and central government sectors in promoting and influencing the safety, prosperity and enhancement of individuals and markets with a dependency on effective and professional trading standards contributions and interventions.