The lead author, Jonathon Porritt claims that Prime Minister David Cameron will break his promise to lead the 'greenest Government ever' without a huge improvement in performance. The report examined 77 policies and found little or no progress in more than three quarters of them. To be fair, the government is almost 1 year old and it is to be expected that it would not make headway on the full policy platform. However, many policies will require long term planning and action, and a lack of drive or enthusiasm now may result in evaporation of a range of sustainability commitments, particularly as short term political agendas dominate the government. The report found several key issues:
- 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.