Fossil Fuels: Overseas Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance he plans to allocate to fossil fuel projects in 2021.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Prime Minister announced at the Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December that the Government will no longer provide any new direct financial or promotional support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas, with very limited exemptions. This new policy will be implemented as soon as possible following the conclusion of a consultation process and will apply to all future Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending decisions.

This announcement forms part of the commitment made at the G20 in June 2019 that the UK Government will align all future ODA with the Paris Agreement temperature goals. ODA spend figures for 2020 are not yet available.

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