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Government response to climate report published

14 January 2022

The International Development Committee has published the government’s response to the committee’s report Global Britain in demand: UK climate action and international development around COP26.

Chair's comments

Chair of the International Development Committee, Sarah Champion MP said: 

“In our inquiry we set out to see what progress the government had made implementing recommendations made in our previous report on climate change and development in 2019. I commend the hard work that is being done to date, but while it’s clear progress is being made, it’s undeniable that there is still much to do.

“I am encouraged that the UK was one of the first of two countries to endorse the ‘Principles for Locally led Adaptation’ and was then followed by over 70 other countries at COP26. But discussion and debate at an intergovernmental level is a long way from action on the ground and, at the end of the day, that is what will protect lives, livelihoods and the environment.

“I’m pleased that the government’s response acknowledges that current mechanisms for accessing international climate finance are, in its words, “slow, complex, resource intensive, uncertain and project based”. What we need is urgent reform. I look forward to seeing the government’s International Climate Finance Strategy when it is published in April this year; it’s vital this sets out how the UK will drive forward such reform.

“I welcome the Government’s commitment to enhanced transparency; it’s just a shame that we will have to wait until December 2024 for its first transparency report.

“The Committee raised concerns about the UK’s development investment arm, CDC (now re-named British International Investment, BII) continuing to invest in fossil fuels.

“I accept the point the government makes about why some continued investment may be necessary – in order for there to be an orderly transition away from fossil fuels and a responsible exit from such investments. However, as a committee we will look closely at how this works in practice and we look forward to seeing the latest iteration of BII’s energy portfolio when it is published and, in due course, BII’s carbon budget setting out a path to net zero by 2050 for its investments.”

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