Developing Countries: Energy

International Development written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries to modernise their energy sectors in the last five years.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

At the Gleneagles summit in 2005, the UK secured G8 agreement that the World Bank should lead on establishing a new Clean Energy Investment Framework (CEIF) to support global action to tackle climate change. The framework will increase public and private sector investments in three areas, one of which is access to modern energy services in developing countries. The UK has committed £15 million to the CEIF so far.

Separately, the UK has established an £800 million international window of the UK Environment Trust Fund (ETF-IW) to reduce poverty through action on climate change. We are exploring how best to use this money to stimulate a step change in international financing for climate change. An important element will be to support developing countries adopt low carbon development paths, including the modernisation of their energy sectors.

DFID supports other international efforts to improve the provision of affordable energy in developing countries, such as the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP), the EU Energy Initiative (EUEI) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance programme (ESMAP). DFID has committed £4 million (2007-11) to GVEP, £3.8 million (2005-08) to ESMAP and £600,000 to the EUEI since 2004.

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