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Written Question
Climate Change Convention: Northern Ireland
Wednesday 21st April 2021

Asked by: Jacob Young (Conservative - Redcar)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the opportunities for Northern Ireland in COP26.

Answered by Robin Walker

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and I have attended cross-government meetings with the COP President, most recently on 22 March. I also recently met with the Chair of the Expert Panel on the Future of Energy to discuss the NI Executive’s Energy Strategy and how the UK Government can help in developing this. We continue to press for engagement with the Executive and Northern Ireland businesses in order to promote Northern Ireland’s interests.

Recent announcements of New Deal funding to support green technology in Northern Ireland and support for the production of hydrogen buses in Ballymena reflect the priority which this Government has given to decarbonisation. We all want to see Northern Ireland play a big role in the Green Industrial Revolution, and COP26 will provide us an opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland’s many advances in green technologies.