Developing Countries: Energy:Written question - 20053

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 24 February 2020
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Energy
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to introduce targets for investment in low carbon energy sources throughout the world.
Answered by: James Duddridge
Answered on: 03 March 2020

The UK is committed to unlocking affordable and clean energy for the poorest and contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7. UK Official Development Assistance increasingly supports renewable energy sources – between 2011-12 and 2018-19 UK aid has provided 26 million people with improved access to clean energy and avoided 16 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

The doubling of the UK’s International Climate Finance (ICF) contribution to £11.6 billion from 2021/22 to 2025/26 will ensure that the UK can do even more to support the most vulnerable people and countries and help accelerate the development and adoption of low carbon technologies.

The ICF increase includes up to £1 billion for the Ayrton Fund to go towards the development and testing of new technology in areas such as energy storage, new cooling technologies, next generation solar, and technologies for industrial decarbonisation.

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