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G7 Members Pledge to Boost Clean Energy But Won’t Agree to 2030 Phase-Out of Coal

HeadlineApr 17, 2023

In Japan, members of the G7 have vowed to speed up the phase-out of fossil fuels and the transition to renewable energy, aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, by boosting solar power and offshore wind capacity. But the group of ministers could not collectively agree to a 2030 deadline for phasing out coal, a goal pushed by Canada and other members. The group also refused to cut off investments in gas.

Elsewhere in Japan, the foreign ministers of G7 nations are convening for three days of meetings to discuss the Ukraine war, China and North Korea. Protesters gathered near the train station in the resort town of Karuizawa as officials arrived Sunday.

Mieko Yamazaki: “The objective of G7 to hold talks only among developed countries in the first place is questionable. I have doubts about the purpose for them to have a meal together to talk about the opinions of poorer countries and the countries that are currently at war.”

World leaders will meet in Hiroshima next month for the official G7 summit.

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