- First Secretary of State for the newly minted Department of Energy and Climate Change.
- Committed the government to cut CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, up from a mere 60% that had previously been announced.
- Announced that any potential new coal-fired power stations would be unable to receive government consent unless they could demonstrate that they would be able to effectively capture and bury 25% of the emissions they produce immediately (even though, or perhaps because, no such technology exists).
- Represented the UK at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit, where he pushed hard for binding agreements to cut emissions.
All of these are policies which have cost, and continue to cost, billions and which have directly impacted our fuel bills.