Posted on: 19/06/2018
The G6 – the Group of Seven industrialised countries, minus the United States – has thrown its weight behind efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
In the final text from the G7 summit, the G6 – consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union – said that they
“reaffirm their strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, through ambitious climate action; in particular through reducing emissions while stimulating innovation, enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening and financing resilience and reducing vulnerability; as well as ensuring a just transition, including increasing efforts to mobilise climate finance from a wide variety of sources.”
But a separate section was needed for the US.
“The US will continue to promote energy security and economic growth in a manner that improves the health of the world’s oceans and environment, while increasing public-private investments in energy infrastructure and technology that advances the ability of countries to produce, transport, and use all available energy sources based on each country's national circumstances.”
US eyes coal
Commentators interpreted the text as suggesting the US wants to burn more coal and also work with other countries to access fossil fuels.
The two sections of text were agreed before US President Donald Trump left the summit early for his meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
The G6 failed to mention its previous commitment to phase out “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies”.