Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

Department for International Development written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2020 to Question 5384 on Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels, how much the UK has allocated from the public purse in Official Development Assistance to projects for mining, transporting or generating electricity from oil and gas combined in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

UK direct bilateral ODA classified as being for oil and gas extraction amounts to £102,000 in the last five years for which data is available (2014-2018). This includes £96,000 in 2016 and £6,000 in 2018. There is no UK direct bilateral ODA classified as being for transport or generating electricity from oil and gas during this time.

CDC, the UK’s development financial institution, has made investments in oil and gas in the past five years. CDC publishes details on its investments but does not report these by fuel type. When CDC does invest in fossil fuels, it does so with an aim of increasing plant efficiencies, reducing emissions and as part of a transition plan. DFID does provide support to developing countries on energy, but specifically to think about how to use their resources and transition to cleaner, greener fuels.

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