G7’s Energy Pledge Full of Holes: Fossil Fuels Slip Through the Cracks

G7 Energy and Environment Ministers Fail to Set Deadline for New Coal Investments

The G7 energy and environment ministers recently concluded their meeting without setting a deadline to halt new coal investments or making firm commitments to limit global warming. The group’s official communique pledged to work towards reducing emissions from power generation and vehicles by 2035, but left the door open to new investment in natural gas and the ongoing use of fossil fuels. Climate advocates have criticized the lack of a “clarion call to action” from the G7, with some saying the group’s global authority is undermined by carve-outs on issues like international fossil fuel finance.

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