Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne has signified that green taxes may soon be raised to promote greater cheap energy efficiency.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr Huhne said a rise in green taxes is in the pipeline as the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and become the "greenest government ever".
"The government is absolutely up for a shift from taxation on general matters to things that pollute the environment," he told the paper.
"There are lots of different elements we will have to look at. In the end, though taxes may fall to business, it's consumers who will end up paying."
Mr Huhne went on to explain that if the government increases green taxes via methods such as fuel duties, a carbon tax or a landfill tax, it will also introduce incentive schemes that reward improved domestic and business energy efficiency.
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