The coalition has today restated its pledge to become the "greenest government ever" as part of its high profile mid-term review, but failed to unveil any new policies to strengthen its environmental credentials.
The 52 page review
features updates on the policies already delivered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the proposals the government intends to deliver before the 2015 election.
"Climate change is one of the gravest threats we face and we have to confront it," the review states. "We promised to be the greenest government ever and we will fulfil that commitment.
Significantly, Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg offer an unequivocal endorsement of the government's climate change strategy, despite recent vocal criticism from Tory backbench MPs over support for renewable energy and the cost of green policies.
We understand in tough economic times, when families are struggling to make ends meet, the environment can seem like a second order issue, and we are determined to meet our environmental commitments at the lowest possible cost to British families and businesses. But the process of decarbonising our economy is not just an obligation, it is a massive opportunity."
The document touts the government's progress introducing an Energy Bill that is expected to drive £110bn of investment by 2020
, unveiling a £3bn Green Investment Bank, and laying the foundations for the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.
"Blue and yellow hasn't produced green," said Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins
. "David Cameron's pledge to lead the 'greenest Government ever' is being systematically undermined by short-sighted policies, not least its reckless dash for gas."
also gave the latest relaunch a muted welcome, arguing that it wanted to see the government's policy commitments urgently translated into action that will stimulate investment across the economy.