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#GE2015: Will Conservatives now drop the ‘green c**p’?



The positive influence of the environmentally-minded Liberal Democrats on energy and climate change policy has been lost in the new Government.

First there was Lib Dem Chris Huhne and then there was Lib Dem Ed Davey at DECC. We now wait nervously as Prime Minister Cameron organises his first fully Conservative Cabinet and ministerial ranks. George Osborne attempted to change emission targets in the last government and the Conservatives have long supported exploiting our shale gas resources.

Positive signs are that the Conservative Manifesto supports the 2008 Climate Change Act and the Prime Minister signed an agreement with Labour and Lib Dems to accelerate our shift to a low carbon economy. On the other hand the manifesto said a Conservative government would end public subsidies for onshore wind and give local people a final say on wind farm applications.

Who runs this strategically important department will give us the first sign of David Cameron’s green and sustainable ambitions, or lack thereof.

Photo: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills via Flickr

Further reading:

#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

#GE2015: Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary loses seat

#GE2015: share of votes, not seats, should confer a government’s #legitimacy

#GE2015: Vote for Policies ‘exit poll’

Sustaining the UK’s Future: Environment and Sustainability at the Heart of Decision Making

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.