German Minister: G7 Countries Agree on Phasing Out Coal

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The group of seven leading industrial countries has made concrete agreements about phasing out coal generation and expanding the production of sustainable energy. That said the German Minister of the Environment Steffi Lemke to the German news channel n-tv, part of RTL.


The pledge would be the G7 countries’ first commitment to stop generating energy from coal. Global use of coal must be reduced to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The G7 consists of Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also moving forward.

The last day of the three-day G7 meeting in Berlin would also put a strong emphasis on protecting biodiversity and fighting plastic pollution, said the environment minister of host country Germany.

The G7 meeting was held against the background of rising energy costs and fuel concerns over the war in Ukraine. The conflict has sparked a struggle between some countries to buy non-Russian fossil fuels and burn more coal to reduce their dependence on oil and gas from Russia. This has raised fears that the energy crisis could undermine efforts to combat climate change.

Germany has said that finding alternative fossil fuels should not come at the expense of environmental goals.

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