G7 agrees to phase out coal


The group of seven has made concrete agreements to phase out coal-fired power generation and to expand renewable energies, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke was quoted as saying by RTL/ntv on Friday.

The pledge would be the G7’s first commitment to phasing out coal power – use of which must be phased out if the world is to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

“There are very specific declarations and agreements on the expansion of renewable energies, but also, for example, on phasing out coal,” said Lemke.

The final communiqué of the three-day G7 meeting in Berlin this week will also place a strong emphasis on protecting biodiversity and tackling plastic pollution, she said.

Lemke was speaking as Germany hosted G7 energy, climate and environment ministers for talks amid rising energy costs and fuel supply concerns sparked by the war in Ukraine.

The conflict has prompted a riot in some countries to buy more non-Russian fossil fuels and burn coal to reduce their reliance on Russian supplies, raising fears the crisis could undermine efforts to tackle climate change.

Germany has stated that the search for alternative fossil fuels would not come at the expense of environmental goals.

The final communiqué will be released later on Friday. G7 agrees to phase out coal

Fry Electronics Team

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