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Fossil Fuels: Overseas Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 131387, tabled on 17 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance was allocated to fossil fuel projects in 2020.

Answered on

11 January 2021

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.