Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Overseas Development Aid Expenditure
832. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government to set down the expenditure from the overseas development aid budget spent on the green climate fund in 2014 and in 2015; if any of the increased expenditure announced in budget 2016 will go towards the green climate fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1552/16]
As I announced on Budget Day, Ireland will make an initial contribution of €2 million to the Green Climate Fund in 2016. This contribution will be Ireland’s first contribution to that Fund and will be in addition to Ireland’s broader and on-going support for mitigation and adaptation action by developing countries. Despite difficult recent economic circumstances, Ireland has delivered approximately €34 million in grants annually through the Overseas Development Aid (ODA) programme. In 2013 and 2014, this amounted to €34.15m and €33.68m respectively. While this was mainly bilateral support to Ireland’s key partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa, it also included other multilateral climate-specific funds like the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). An inter-departmental technical working group is actively considering the options for scaling up mobilisation of climate finance in the period to 2020, including through the Green Climate Fund.