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UK ambassador urges Japan to speed up phase out of coal power

Ahead of COP26, Longbottom says climate talks at 'point of greatest pressure'

Julia Longbottom, the U.K.'s ambassador to Tokyo, tells Nikkei Asia that Japan needs to accelerate its phaseout of coal-derived power. (Photo supplied by British embassy)

TOKYO -- A month before the opening of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, the U.K.'s ambassador to Tokyo called on Japan to accelerate the phase out of coal power and ban the sale of new petrol and hybrid cars by 2030.

"We hope that Japan will not only end the domestic use of coal, but also find a way to pull out of or find alternatives to remaining coal projects it is financing in Indonesia and Bangladesh," Julia Longbottom told Nikkei Asia in an interview on Friday. "We believe those countries want to shift to forms of energy that are better for their environment and their people."

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