G7 disappoints on climate progress without deadlines on gas and coal use

Climate experts criticised the G7 group of advanced economies for failing to commit to tougher action on fossil fuels after Germany and Japan prevailed on the continued use of gas and coal respectively.

The G7 host country is heavily reliant on coal, oil and gas following the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, and it has insisted the shift to clean energy must be what it describes as “realistic”.

The leaders said they would work towards “ending the construction” of new unabated coal fired power plants.