Climate Minister hints carbon price floor here to stay

10th January 2014

Speaking at an Aldersgate Group reception, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has downplayed fears the recent review of "green levies" will trigger a widespread rollback of environmental policies that could erode investor confidence in the low carbon economy.

Barker was speaking on progressive Conservatism, which he jokingly explained was "about more than just gay marriage and wind farms". However, he admitted that parts of the Conservative Party's modernising agenda had been sidelined, to make way for austerity policies designed to help reduce the country's deficit.

He stated that the party should now seek to take a more confident and radical approach that supports low carbon and innovative start-ups in the run-up to the 2015 election.