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Climate Change

Coal holdout Japan faces pressure as G-7 rallies around energy goal

U.S. and Europe look to go coal-free by end of the 2030s.

Coal is a significant part of Japan's energy mix, despite being a major source of carbon dioxide emissions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is facing increasing pressure from its Group of Seven peers as the last country refusing to give up coal as the group prepares to promise coal-free power grids by the end of the 2030s.

Ahead of the upcoming environment, climate and energy ministers meeting, current G-7 president Germany reached out to other members on potentially setting a target year of 2030 for going coal-free. All members but Japan have expressed their support, though the U.S. wants the 2030s as the deadline. 

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