Overseas Aid: Fossil Fuels

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

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of the UK's total overseas development assistance contribution made available for the 14th Replenishment Fund of African Development Bank (2020-2026) is planned to be allocated to (a) fossil fuel projects and connected business programmes and (b) the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project.

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

Since 2014, the UK has supported replenishments of the African Development Fund (AfDF) as follows:

13th replenishment (2014-16) £604 million of the £4.8 billion total;

14th replenishment (2017-19) £447 million of the £4.3 billion total;

15th replenishment (2020-22) £620 million of the £6.0 billion total.

The 16th replenishment is expected to be agreed in 2022.

Between 2014 and 2020 two AfDF projects with fossil fuel components have been approved by the Bank's Board, with a total value of £71 million. One relates to the installation of a generator for a diesel-powered power plant and the other to improving transmission from an existing gas power plant. No AfDF support has been provided for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project. Future AfDF projects have yet to be agreed with country governments and the Bank's Board. The Bank is preparing a new climate change and green growth policy, due to be published in late 2021. We are engaging with this process with the aim of further limiting the Bank's support for fossil fuel projects, in line with the UK's recently announced policy.

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