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Environmental Transformation Fund

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which projects for which his Department is responsible are receiving funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund; how much each has received from the Fund since its inception; and what further projects are planned. (259357)

The UK element of the Environmental Transformation Fund, which was formerly jointly led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, has been led by the Department of Energy and Climate Change since its creation in autumn 2008.

There are a number of new projects under the UK Environmental Transformation Fund which are under active consideration at present—announcements will be made in due course. The most recent spend figures are as follows:

Project

Amount spent since April 2008 (£000)

Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration

1100

Bio-energy

1,513

Carbon Abatement Technologies

5,969

Carbon Trust funding for activities which support the development and deployment of low carbon technologies

34,400

Electricity Networks

95

Field trials and monitoring of energy saving techniques in domestic settings

394

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

947

International work

262

Low Carbon Buildings

10,645

Renewables Deployment

1,233

Renewable Energy Strategy

54

Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Studies

2,155

Support to Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment for Emerging Energy Technologies

708

Wave and Tidal Energy

818

Wind Energy

226

1 Estimate.

The £800 million Environmental Transformation Fund—International Window is jointly owned by my Department and the Department for International Development. It has been allocated by the UK to the multi-donor Climate Investment Funds.

The first instalment of funds (£100 million) is in the process of being disbursed to the Climate Investment Funds. Following the Treasury allocations at the time of the spending review, £200 million will be disbursed in 2009-10 and £500 million in 2010-11.

The Climate Investment Funds are comprised of several funds and programmes. Funding is allocated on the basis of programmatic investment plans submitted by the recipient country. The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Committee has invited eight countries to become pilot countries for the programme (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tajikistan and Zambia). The Clean Technology Fund Committee has also endorsed the investment plans of Egypt, Mexico and Turkey.

The funds will be administered by the World Bank with individual programmes implemented through any one of the Multilateral Development Banks. We expect UN agencies to participate as delivery agents. More information can be viewed at:

www.WorldBank.org/cif