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G7 Nations Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | Environment | The GuardianLeaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade.

The statement did not define precisely what the G7 consider to be a subsidy. The word “inefficient” in the G7 text indicates subsidies that distort energy markets. The OECD estimates that this type of support for fossil fuels within its member states is $160-200bn (£109-136bn) each year.

But when the cost of damage from pollution and climate change is factored in, the International Monetary Fund has estimated that support increases to a staggering $5.3tn a year, or $10m per minute. This is more than the total global spend on human health.

Source: G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian


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