Britain's supposed progress in the field of sustainable cheap energy has been illusory, a leading industry figure has said.
Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said the recession has given a false impression that Britain is making gains in reducing emissions and improving domestic and business energy efficiency.
He pointed out that the 8.6 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 was almost completely down to a reduction in economic activity and not from new measures being introduced to combat climate change.
The CCC believes that the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has just 12 months to implement new policies in order to meet its target of cutting emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 from 1990 levels.
David Kennedy, chief executive of the CCC, said: "These commitments are at the moment, good intentions. What we need is to translate these into crunchy policies in the areas of power, buildings, transport and agriculture."
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