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G7 Attempts To Accelerate The Energy Transition With Big Solar And Wind Promises

The leaders of the world’s top seven rich countries have agreed to speed up the energy transition by setting more ambitious targets for wind and solar power.

The G7 leaders also agreed to accelerate the phaseout of fossil fuels although they stopped short of setting a deadline for the phaseout of coal, Reuters reported.

"In the midst of an unprecedented energy crisis, it's important to come up with measures to tackle climate change and promote energy security at the same time," Japan’s minister of industry said, as quoted by Reuters.

“The United States and all the developed world has the responsibility to help the developing world through this crisis,” U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told the AP.

“Those countries will really determine what happens. If they will reduce, if they will take the lead, if they will start deploying the new technologies, if they will stop using unabated fossil fuels, we’ll up the chance of winning this battle.”

The main commitments of the G7 were a boost of offshore wind energy generation capacity by 150 gigawatts and a similar boost to solar capacity, to over 1 terawatt.

While all G7 members were firm on the issue of a coal phaseout, they appeared unable to agree on a single deadline for that. Canada and several other G7 members committed to a coal phaseout by 2030 but others refrained from making such a commitment.

"Others are still trying to figure out how they could get there within their relevant timeframe," Canadian resource minister Jonathan Wilkinson said.

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Opinions differ on other fossil fuels as well. Japan, for one, is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuel imports to satisfy its energy needs and fossil fuels. Because of that, the country has insisted that LNG is accepted as a transition fuel for at least 10 or 15 years.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on April 17 2023 said:
    When it comes to energy issues, the G7 countries are completely detached from reality. And the reality is that oil and gas are here to stay well into the future while the notions of energy transition and net-zero emissions are illusions. They are the biggest lies in history.

    When the EU tried to accelerate energy transition at the expense of fossil fuels, it ended with the most disastrous energy crisis it has ever encountered.

    And when the G7 last year agreed to impose a price cap on Russian crude oil exports, it ended in total failure. On the contrary, Russian exports of oil and petroleum products broke records twice this year: one in January 2023 when they hit 8.2 million barrels a day (mbd), a rise of 2.5% over pre-Ukraine levels and again in March when they hit 8.1 mbd.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
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