Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Chart of the Day
20 January 2022

The “green crap” cut by David Cameron has added £2.5bn to UK energy bills

Energy bills are significantly higher than they would have been had the Conservatives not cut green measures.

By Polly Bindman

UK energy bills are £2.5bn higher than they would have been had the government not scrapped a number of climate policies over the past decade, according to fresh analysis from Carbon Brief.

This amounts to a loss of roughly £40 per British household per year, rising to £60 next winter. The analysis calculates the combined impact of policy changes made by David Cameron’s coalition government from 2013 onwards under current and future forecast energy price caps. 

This includes the removal of the zero-carbon home standard, subsidies for onshore wind, and spending on energy-efficiency measures (which Cameron reportedly described to aides as “the green crap”).

Further analysis from Carbon Brief finds that, contrary to reports, renewables are not to blame for the ongoing energy crisis – a spike in wholesale gas prices is responsible for 90 per cent of the rise in UK energy bills. Since last summer, wholesale gas prices have tripled, whereas climate policy costs have fallen slightly.

Select and enter your email address Your new guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture each weekend - from the New Statesman. A quick and essential guide to domestic politics from the New Statesman's Westminster team. A weekly newsletter helping you understand the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email. Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

Topics in this article :