"I want this to be the greenest government ever" (with video).
"There is a fourth minister in this department who cares passionately about this agenda and that is me, the prime minister, right. I mean that from the bottom of my heart."
Cameron used the four-minute speech to formally announce the coalition's pledge to cut carbon emissions by 10% in the first 12 months. He said this would be helped by a new innovation to publish the energy being used by government departments in real time. "This is transparency in action to drive forward the cuts in carbon emissions. It's a new way of doing climate change, it's a new way of doing politics, it's in the spirit of our age and I think it will make a very big difference," he said.
Caroline Spelman, Environment Secretary, 20th May 2010:
"It will be the greenest Government we have ever had,"
George Osborne, Chancellor, July 2008
"This will be the greenest government ever".
16th August 2010:
The coalition is watering down a commitment to tough new environmental emissions standards, raising the possibility of dirty coal-fired power stations such as Kingsnorth going ahead.
Green groups are aghast that a flagship policy called for in opposition by both Lib Dems and Tories, and which they last year tried to force on the Labour government, will now not be implemented in the coalition's first energy bill to be published this year.