UK support for energy in developing countries

UK support for energy in developing countries 2010-14 infographic

Break down of UK support for energy in developing countries (2010-14) according to a report by CAFOD and ODI

Burning polluting fossil fuels is the main cause of climate change, which is hitting the poorest communities hardest. Switching to sustainable and efficient energy systems globally is crucial to achieving the 2015 Paris Agreement, signed by the UK and other governments, which aims to keep the rise in global temperature below 1.5°C. 

Access to modern energy is also a key enabler of development. Yet billions of people still do not have electricity or cook with polluting solid fuels that are harmful to their health. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. 

The easiest and most cost-effective way to deliver energy services to poor communities living in remote areas is through distributed energy solutions, usually powered by renewable energy. Development and climate finance from donor countries like the UK has a vital role to play in implementing the Paris Agreement and SDG 7 by supporting poorer countries to shift or leapfrog to sustainable and efficient energy systems that benefit everyone, including the world's poorest people.

Our latest reports on UK support for energy in developing countries

For this reason, CAFOD asked ODI to analyse whether UK support for energy in developing countries is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement and SDG 7. In 2016, we analysed support for the period 2009-13 (see findings below).

We have now updated the research to look at UK support for energy in developing countries from 2010-14. Here are the top findings:

  • The UK disbursed $9.73 billion (£6.13 billion) for energy in developing countries between 2010 and 2014, an increase of over US$1.5 billion (£0.95) from 2009-13. This included US$6.667 billion (£4.201 billion) of ODA.
  • 46% of the total support went to fossil fuels and 22% to renewable energy.
  • Almost all (99.4%) of UKEF support for energy went to fossil fuels. 32% of ODA goes to support renewable energy, more than the amount spent on fossil fuels (22%).
  • Almost half of the total support, 47%, went to upper middle-income countries (UMICs). This is almost the same as in 2009-13. Support for LICs has reduced (down from 12% to 9%).
  • 8% of total support and 12% of ODA went to support energy access.

For more information on the 2010-14 figures see:

Click below for information on UK support for energy in developing countries 2010-14

2010-14 report infographics

 

2010-14 report pie charts and tables

UK support for energy in developing countries 2010-14 source data tables

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UK support for energy access 2010-14 source data tables

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Click below for information on UK support for energy in developing countries 2009-13

2009-13 report infographics

 

2009-13 report pie charts and tables

 

2009-13 report source data tables

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2009-13 report access table

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