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On becoming prime minister, David Cameron said: “I don’t want to hear warm words about the environment. I want to see real action. I want this to be the greenest government ever.” But if he is serious about this, the coalition will have to revolutionise the way Britain buys and sells low-carbon energy services. The most recent figures from the International Energy Agency show that only about 4 per cent of our energy comes from low-carbon sources—compared with 18 per cent in Germany and 12 per cent in the…

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