The Group of Sevens, or G7, pledged on Sunday, June 13 to rapidly scale up technologies and policies that will accelerate the transition away from coal power, including ending new government support for coal power by the end of this year. 

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The G7 said, “Coal power generation is the single biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions,” adding “continued global investment in unabated coal power generation is incompatible with keeping 1.5°C within reach.”

It continued, “We stress that international investments in unabated coal must stop now and we commit now to an end to new direct government support for unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of 2021.”

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The statement concluded with the group saying, “We will focus on accelerating progress on electrification and batteries, hydrogen, carbon capture, usage and storage, zero emission aviation and shipping, and for those countries that opt to use it, nuclear power.”

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