Emerging nations urge rich countries to honour climate finance pledges - statement

Carlo Calenda Minister of the of Economic Development speaks during a press conference on the future of renewable energy in Italy

G7 Energy Ministers Fail to Sign Joint Declaration Over US Policy Redo AFP 2017 Filippo MONTEFORTE

The Indian delegation was led by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, a press release posted on the Indian Embassy website here said.

The meeting did, however, secure agreements on the importance of clean energy technologies, energy efficiency and innovation, and also saw the new United States administration confirm its backing for a long-standing G7 commitment to phase out "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies" by 2025.

Italy's economic development minister, Carlo Calenda, told a news conference that those areas remained "key priorities for other G-7 countries and the EU" but that the United States "reserves its position" while the review is underway.

Calenda said other G7 members "reaffirmed their commitment towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement to effectively limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial level".

While campaigning for president, Trump pledged to "cancel" the Paris Agreement, the first worldwide deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from both rich and poor countries.

"We've made remarkable progress in fighting climate change".

The Financial Times reported that the G7 meeting also saw disagreement over a United States attempt to insert references in the joint statement to fossil fuels. "With its rapidly growing clean technology across the energy sector, Canada is committed to act in partnership in North America and around the globe to meet this challenge and capture the emerging opportunities for economic growth and job creation".

"We will have to further see changes in the USA domestic policies" that may affect the efforts to cut greenhouse-gas pollution, Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative on climate change, told reporters at a briefing in Beijing on Tuesday. "Europe will continue to work with all its partners to reap all the benefits of the clean energy transition in line with the objectives of the historic Paris Agreement". The meeting was also attended by European Commissioner of Action for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete; The German Federal Secretary of Economy and Energy, Rainer Baake; The French Minister of Ecology, Ségolene Royal; And the British Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Nicholas Hurd, among others.

In addition to top-news stories, it also features sections on the agendas of the ministerial meetings, the history of the G7 and the G8 and of past summits on Italy, as well as information on the Italian cities where the events are taking place.

Figueres said clean technologies are cheaper and carry a lower financial risk than those based around fossil fuel use.

And there was also agreement across the board on the importance of clean energy technologies and continued research and development.

The Government of Canada recognizes the critical role of global cooperation on energy, as it impacts economic and social development, innovation, safety and security, environmental protection, and climate change.

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