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Climate Change

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the aims and objectives are of the Climate Change and Energy Group; and if she will make a statement on the Group’s progress against its targets. (94290)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Climate Change and Energy Group (CCEG) contributes to the delivery of the Government’s following international priorities:

“Supporting the UK economy and business through an open and expanding global economy, science and innovation and secure energy supplies”


“Achieving climate security by promoting a faster transition to a sustainable, low carbon global economy”

It works closely with my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary’s special representative for climate change and other Government Departments, in particular the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department for International Development. Key to CCEG’s role in delivering these priorities is providing support to the Foreign Secretary and her special representative’s efforts to place climate security at the heart of UK foreign policy, and to reframe the climate and energy debate to build a sense of urgency and imperative for action among key international constituencies.

Recent progress includes:

preparation of and briefing for the Foreign Secretary’s attendance at the second ministerial meeting of the Gleneagles Dialogue in Monterrey, Mexico 3-4 October, which focused on the economics of climate change, technology opportunities and clean energy investment and will lead to enhanced action to promote lower carbon growth;

briefing for the Foreign Secretary on climate change issues for discussions with a range of international partners, including the US, China, India, Mexico and EU partners;

joint work with DTI on assessment of international risks to EU energy supplies;

the FCO has appointed three regional energy advisers covering Middle East, Africa and the Caspian. These advisers support the FCO’s network of posts in these regions on energy issues and liaise with interested Whitehall departments on developments in them. One example of the work done has been to push forward the implementation of the Kazakhstan memorandum of understanding on energy—aimed at building closer co-operation on energy issues; and

management of the Global Opportunities Fund Climate Change and Energy Programme, for which £4.6 million is available this financial year, and which aims to promote change in the governance and use of international energy resources and systems to help secure the UK’s medium-term global climate change and energy objectives.