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Ukraine war shows clean energy shift crucial: climate summit chief

Alok Sharma urges countries to strengthen emissions cut commitments

A phase-down of so-called unabated coal power will be vital to slowing global warming.   © Reuters

DAVOS, Switzerland -- The war in Ukraine has made a transition to clean energy imperative for ensuring energy security, the president of last year's United Nations climate conference told Nikkei, urging countries to stick to their vows to cut greenhouse gases. 

In response to the war, governments are realizing "that at the end of the day, if you want to ensure energy security, domestic energy security, the way you do that is to accelerate the clean energy transition," Alok Sharma said in an interview in Switzerland, where he participated in the annual Davos conference sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

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