Scope of the inquiry
The International Development Committee is launching an inquiry on UK aid for combating climate change. The Government is spending £1 billion of its bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) on climate-related issues in the current financial year, including £610 million through the Department for International Development (DFID) and £335 million through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Approximately half of the total spend (and a majority of the DFID spend) is focused on climate change adaptation, with the other half focused on climate change mitigation (driving low-carbon growth).
The issue of climate change has never been more topical. In 2015 UN member states, including the UK, pledged to achieve seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Included in this framework was a specific goal around taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG13). Separately, the COP24 conference (organised under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) will take place later this year in Katowice, Poland.
Terms of reference: UK aid for combating climate change