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UK support for energy 2010–2017: protecting the climate and lifting people out of poverty?

A new analysis shows that despite its pledges to tackle climate change, the UK continues to support fossil fuels through overseas development assistance and exports to aid recipients.


Key Findings

  • Between 2010 and 2017, the UK provided support for energy in developing countries with a total value of £7.8 billion.
  • 60% of the UK’s support for energy in developing countries in this period was for fossil fuel energy.
  • An estimated 97% of UKEF support went to fossil fuel development, principally oil and gas exploration and production in upper-middle-income countries.
  • More Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) support for energy went to renewable energy than to fossil fuels, but almost a quarter of ODA support (22%) was for fossil fuel development.
  • Less than 5% of overall support for energy and less than 12% of ODA support went to energy access for poor groups. More than 95% of the support for energy access was ODA.
  • While the ODA support for energy access increased almost fivefold, the rate of increase in total ODA support for energy was much higher.


Download the full report here.