This report focuses on a crucial piece of the puzzle in the creation of a low-carbon economy - consumers. With three quarters of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions either directly or indirectly attributable to consumer actions, we cannot ignore the significant influence of the public's purchasing decisions on our ability to hit our 2020 climate change targets.

Over the next few decades, the UK faces a unique investment challenge. The key to hitting our stretching legal emissions targets will be our ability to generate the large and sustained investment needed to replace and decarbonise our energy infrastructure. As a global frontrunner on climate change policy, the UK government must show leadership and ingenuity in making this investment happen.