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Central America: Carbon Emissions

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 59909, tabled on 20 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Central American counterparts on UK support for those countries in achieving net zero emissions.

Answered on

25 October 2021

Central America is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. Since August 2021, COP President-designate Alok Sharma, Minister Trevelyan and the UK Government's Regional COP26 Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean have between them visited every country in the region to understand their concerns and encourage each of their governments to commit to and publish ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions. Though several Central American countries are already world-leaders when it comes to mitigation and adaptation efforts - 89% of the region's energy is renewable - a number complain of the lack of available finance to implement further measures to reduce carbon emissions. One of our key objectives as COP President is to mobilise finance: developed countries must deliver on their promise to raise at least $100 billion every year in climate finance to support developing countries and help them implement strategies which bring them closer to net zero.

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