The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading forum for Parliamentarians, civil servants and energy industry representatives to work together to discuss ways of tackling carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, to improve government policy on carbon monoxide safety, and to raise public awareness of the threat posed by deadly CO gas.
Through its busy programme of events
, the Group seeks to push the vital issue of carbon monoxide safety up the political agenda. In doing so, the Group works closely with the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum
, a coalition of CO campaigners, charities and energy industry companies committed to tackling CO poisoning.
Until mid-2012, the Group was entitled the All-Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group. The Group's name was changed to reflect an important, but often misunderstood, aspect of the ongoing fight against CO poisoning: that carbon monoxide can be produced by a wide variety of different sources, not solely by gas appliances. CO is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil and kerosene, as well as propane and natural gas. Any piece of equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, such as portable generators and cars, can emit potentially fatal doses of CO gas. The APPCOG's 2012 name change reflects the Group's determination to eradicate CO poisoning from any and every potential source.
The APPCOG is keen to hear from and work with any organisation or individual committed to helping save lives by improving CO safety in the UK. Do get in touch
APPCOG commitment to transparency and scrutiny
The APPCOG is committed to ensuring its activities and funding are entirely transparent. The APPCOG is funded through a combination of core funding (from the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum) and ad hoc sponsorship of particular events and research, all of which is declared on the official Parliamentary Register of All-Party Groups
. The APPCOG does not endorse, support, lobby for or campaign on behalf of one organisation. It lobbies for greater CO safety; as such, it lobbies on behalf of the public. The Group operates according to a strict Code of Governance
, and its work is driven solely by its Parliamentary Officers and Members
The APPCOG's secretariat services are provided by Policy Connect
, a cross-party, non-profit think tank based in Southwark, London. Policy Connect is entirely committed to upholding the principle of transparency in UK parliamentary and public affairs and welcomes any questions
you may have on its work and activities.