Coalition set to break promise to be 'greenest government ever', says Jonathon Porritt

David Cameron will break his promise to lead the 'greenest Government ever' without a huge improvement in performance, warns Jonathon Porritt in a report published today.

Friends of the Earth commissioned the former Sustainable Development Commissioner to assess the Government's green record during its first year in office.

Porritt examined 77 policies and found little or no progress in more than three quarters of them.

Next Saturday (14 May) marks a year since David Cameron promised to lead the greenest Government ever.

The Prime Minister’s own credibility is at stake here. It’s certainly not too late, but things are going to have to change dramatically to make up lost ground. 

Jonathon Porritt

The former Friends of the Earth Director's report will make bleak reading for the Government:  

  • Where's Cameron?
    There’s little evidence of the Prime Minister using his personal political clout to improve the Government’s green performance.
  • Where are the Lib Dems?
    The Lib Dems have failed to promote their green agenda inside the coalition.
  • Where are the jobs?
    Government promises to create tens of thousands of new green jobs are evaporating.
  • Treasury blocking progress
    There are fears the Treasury is pressurising Ministers to reject new carbon-reduction targets recommended by their official climate advisor.
  • DECC isolated
    It's impossible for DECC to deliver comprehensive climate change plans when the rest of Whitehall is fundamentally disengaged – and the Treasury is hostile. 

Friends of the Earth’s current Executive Director Andy Atkins said: "David Cameron could be building a prosperous low-carbon economy - creating new jobs and industries for recession-hit Britain."

Unless the Prime Minister starts to show real political leadership his green ambitions will simply be more hot air. 

Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth

Read The Greenest Government Ever: One Year On, by Jonathon Porritt.