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Climate Change

Volume 714: debated on Tuesday 10 November 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what research, plans or projects (a) have been completed, (b) are ongoing, or (c) are planned to mitigate the impact of climate change in (1) St Helena, (2) Ascension Island, (3) Tristan da Cunha, and (4) the Falkland Islands. [HL6010]

Responsibility for mitigating climate change lies with the Territories' Governments.

(1) St Helena is taking steps towards reducing their carbon footprint through introducing wind power programmes.

(2) In 2010 Ascension Island will be looking to reduce their carbon footprint through wind power and gradually installing solar units in its housing. It also plans to install a carbon emission-monitoring facility.

(3) Tristan da Cunha plans to investigate renewable energy as an option for the island.

(4) There are a number of projects in the Falkland Islands looking at the impacts of climate change, focusing on sea level, vegetation and biodiversity. Plans are in place to continue such work. The Falkland Islands will continue their ambitious work on wind power programmes.