Fossil Fuels

International Development written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on provision of support from his Department's private sector department for companies involved in dirty fossil fuel energy production.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development's (DFID) support for energy projects, whether through the public or private sectors, is based on a central premise of a presumption away from coal and that all cleaner forms of energy are thoroughly considered before concluding that coal is an option. Were a fossil fuel project to be considered, DFID would also ensure that there is compelling poverty reduction rationale; that the best available and appropriate technology is used; that every effort to reduce emissions is made and that; there is an assessment of the technical and economic feasibility for CCS readiness.

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