Energy and environment ministers of the G7 wealthy nations met Saturday in northern Japan. Seeking to reconcile the world’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels with the urgency of ending carbon emissions. To stave off the worst consequences of climate change.
The G7 leaders meetings in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo are aimed at forging a consensus. On the best way forward ahead of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan in May.
“We are facing the challenge of promoting reforms to resolve climate change … and achieving energy security at the same time.” Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told the ministers as the meetings began.
Speaking on the sidelines of the meetings, U.S. Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said the G-7 was “powerfully positioned to be able to lead” in the effort to stem global warming. “We appreciate Japan’s leadership and its stewardship of G-7 this year.”
An End To Carbon Emissions
But differences persist over how, and how quickly, to end carbon emissions. Especially at a time when the war in Ukraine has deepened concerns over energy security, complicating that effort.
The talks in Sapporo will also focus on biodiversity loss and other global challenges. But climate change tops the agenda of the closed door meetings. At the G-7 summit last year in Germany, the countries set a common goal of achieving a fully or predominantly decarbonized electricity supply by 2035.
U.S. officials voiced support for Japan’s strategy. Centering on so-called clean coal, hydrogen and nuclear energy to bridge the transition to renewable energy. Others are pushing for a faster transition to renewable energy.
The head of the United Nations recently called for an end to new fossil fuel exploration. And for rich countries to quit coal, oil and gas by 2040. While emissions among the G-7 nations, especially in Europe, have begun falling, they are still rising globally, especially in big. Increasingly affluent economies like India and China.