Fossil Fuels: Overseas Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 26th October 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has plans to announce an end to UK Government financial support for fossil fuels overseas using Official Development Assistance through (a) the CDC Group, (b) the Private Infrastructure Development Group and (c) other multilateral institutions.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK was the first major economy in the world to make a legally binding commitment to reach net zero by 2050. As part of that commitment and global leadership on the issue the Prime Minister announced in January that the UK would end direct Official Development Assistance (ODA), investment, export credit and trade promotion support for thermal coal mining and coal power plants overseas. The UK will also continue to lead by example through aligning our ODA with the Paris Agreement temperature goals. This will include our support for CDC, the Private Infrastructure Development Group and other multilateral institutions.

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