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Friday, December 02, 2022

Germany: G-7 countries can show the way to end the use of coal

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Germany’s energy and climate minister said Thursday that the Group of Seven wealthy countries could lead the way in eliminating the use of coal, a heavily polluting fossil fuel that accounts for a large portion of global greenhouse gas emissions. Is responsible.

Senior G-7 officials are meeting in Berlin for a three-day meeting during which they will try to agree on common goals for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which scientists say are urgently needed to halt climate change. the wanted.

“The G-7 (…) can play a definite leading role in ending the use of coal for electricity and decarbonizing the transport system,” said German Energy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck.

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Habeck said the issue could be taken forward at the G-7 leaders’ summit in Elmau, Germany, next month, and then later this year at a meeting of the Group of 20 major and emerging economies. Getting G-20 countries to sign on to ambitious targets set by some of the most advanced economies will be crucial, as countries such as China, India and Indonesia rely heavily on coal.

Habek said it would be wrong to see that the efforts countries are making to deal with the current energy crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine must counteract efforts to end the use of fossil fuels.

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“What we are seeing at the moment is an acceleration of ecological change,” he said.

Environmental groups have warned that countries such as Germany run the risk of undermining their green targets by scrambling to secure new sources of natural gas – including the United States – to make up for shortfalls in supplies from Russia.

The meeting in Berlin will also reach agreements to boost financial support for poor countries to tackle climate change, additional funding for biodiversity, protect the oceans and reduce plastic pollution.

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