NEARLY half a billion pounds of Britain’s bloated foreign aid budget was spent promoting green projects in wealthy nations such as Brazil, a new probe has revealed.
Some £65 million of taxpayers’ cash has been used to help protect forests and wildlife in the Brazilian Amazon.
It was part of £440 million spent last year by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 ‘middle income’ countries to promote low-carbon development.
As well as Brazil other recipients of our cash included wealthy countries such as South Africa and Mexico.
Another £354 million was spent by the Department for International Development last year in third world nations on mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The money is part of a five-year £5.8 billion International Climate Finance commitment.