A Government-led business summit to discuss the UKs future as a low carbon economy has been criticised for being all spin and no substance. Liberal Democrats Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Simon Hughes said: Gordon Brown talks of a green new deal, but yet again it is all spin and no substance.
The Government is spending £20bn on its fiscal stimulus but less than 3 per cent of this is going on greening the economy, a much smaller percentage than France, Germany or even China.
Instead of setting the international agenda, he is trailing in its wake. Gordon Brown does not understand the green agenda.
The LibDems paper The Green Paper Road Out of Recession, published in September 2008, calls for a fiscal stimulus to drive the green economy forward. In it the party calls for massive changes in the UKs energy structure, which would include using a wider base of energy generation technologies such as energy-from waste, anaerobic digestion and gasification. The paper also proposes giving decision making powers for low carbon energy and infrastructure to local authorities.