Coal lives on

UK fails to persuade G7 summit to end use of the fuel

Sligo News File

There has been a major – some will say welcome – blow to plans to outlaw the use of coal after members of G7 failed to agree on a timeline to end its application for the generation of electrical power.

An EU official is quoted as saying that while the UK had pressed for a commitment to drop the use of coal in the 2030s, some members were unable to agree because the challenge “would be too high in terms of energy supply” in their countries.

A draft announcement from the summit in Cornwall, hosted by the UK, only referenced a vow to merely “accelerate” a reduction of the fuel.