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Carbon Emissions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account he takes of forecast carbon emissions from proposed projects when distributing funding in developing countries; and if he will make a statement. (113362)

Projects funded by DFID by themselves have a very small effect on global emissions. They are part of a much wider development effort. We are therefore supporting developing countries to develop energy strategies to improve access to services while taking climate change into account. DFID’s work with the World Bank and other development agencies allows us to influence these processes to the sustainable benefit of the poorest people in developing countries.

DFID is providing assistance to the World Bank and other regional development banks to develop a framework for accelerating public and private investment in low carbon energy in developing countries. We have committed £6.9 million over three years from 2005 to support this work.

DFID has committed £140 million to the Global Environment Facility fourth replenishment (2006-10), making the UK the fourth largest donor. A third of the Global Environment facility’s funding is used to address climate change. In China for example, GEF is providing more than £18 million to help reduce China’s heavy reliance on coal by helping to install five wind farms (190 mega watts) and 200,000 solar-powered systems.