British secret agents have begun “green spying” operations on the world’s polluting countries to make sure they uphold their climate-change targets, according to the head of MI6.
MI6, or “Military Intelligence, Section 6”, is the UK’s main spying agency and is famously depicted in the James Bond movies, will be spying on industrial countries around the world to ensure they are keeping their climate change promises.
Richard Moore, who became the head of MI6 in October 2020, said that the battle against climate change was the “foremost international foreign policy agenda item for this country [Britain] and for the planet.”
“My service’s job I guess is to help with the managing of the threat side and making sure that we defend and protect our interests,” Moore told TimesRadio.
“And it’s, if you like, a sort of assurance, putting an assurance wrapper around the positive side of it.
“Climate change is a good example, where people sign up to commitments on climate change and it’s perhaps our job to make sure that when people sign up to them, that actually what they’re really doing reflects what they’ve signed up to.”
Moore added that it’s the job of groups like MI6 “to shine light in places where people might not want it shone.”
“And so clearly, we are going to support what is the foremost international foreign policy agenda item for this country, for the planet, which is around the climate emergency and of course we have a role in that space.
“I guess on climate change or anything like that where you need everyone to come on board and to play fair, then occasionally just to check to make sure they are playing fair is a useful thing to have”.
When asked if MI6 had agents in the field using gadgets to check on emissions, Moore said “I’m loving the image…but I’m not sure that’s quite what we’re doing.”
He said that the world’s largest polluter, China, has “a very different value set”, and that the UK has a very “complex” relationship with the pacific nation.