Berlin, Germany – Ministers from the world’s richest democracies will fight over how to meet climate change targets Thursday during a meeting in Berlin that has been overshadowed by rising concerns about the war in Ukraine over energy and fuel supplies.

Climate Ministers from the Group of Seven economic powers will this week consider the phasing out of polluting coal power plants and decarbonizing their energy sectors by 2030, according to information available from a meeting memo seen by Reuters.

The blueprint, which could change substantially between now and Friday, would also require G7 countries to have a net zero electricity sector by 2035 and move to report in public next year on how they keep an earlier G7 pledge to end “inefficient” fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

Coal is the world’s highest-carbon fossil fuel, and scientists say it must decline dramatically if the world is to cut emissions quickly enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Campaigners have called on G7 ministers to commit themselves firmly to ensuring the consequences of the war in Ukraine do not lose sight of their goals.

European Union

The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The union has a total area of 4,233,255. (wikipedia)

Group of Seven

The Group of Seven is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, (wikipedia)

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