Coalition not seen as green, finds poll
Voters do not believe the government is meeting David Cameron's pledge to make it the most environmentally friendly administration the country has ever known
A poll of more than 1,700 British adults, carried out on behalf of Greenpeace and the RSPB, reveals that just 2% consider the Tory–Lib Dem coalition the “greenest government ever”.
More than half of those surveyed rate the government as average for its environmental policies, with just 10% stating that Cameron’s ministers are doing more than other countries’ administrations to improve the environment.
Released ahead of the government’s announcement on its proposed changes to environmental regulation (see 'Overhaul of environment regulation ...'), the results show that only 4% of those surveyed believe existing legislation is too strong, with 40% arguing that the UK’s natural environment needs far greater protection.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
In June 2021, the UK’s governing Conservative Party lost a by-election in Chesham and Amersham, a seat it had held for 47 years. The principal reasons reported as the cause of this defeat were proposed planning reforms and the promotion of housebuilding on greenfield sites across the south of England.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.