US spoils G7 unity on climate change
13 April, 2017
Energy ministers from the G7 group, gathering in Rome last Monday, failed to reach an agreement on a joint statement on climate change, news wires reported. The US "reserved its position" on the text about commitments made by G7 countries under the 2015 Paris climate accord, Carlo Calenda, the Italian minister for economic development who chaired the meeting, told the media.
“While the US Secretary of energy Rick Perry informed us that the US is currently reviewing its energy and climate policies, I was particularly pleased to see that all others joined the EU in reaffirming our solid commitment and determination to implement the Paris Agreement and continue the clean energy transition,” Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Canete said after the meeting. As representative of the EU, he stressed that the Union sees climate action and the clean energy transition as a driver of jobs and economic growth.
The meeting in Rome also focused on energy security, including cybersecurity, natural gas and Ukraine. It was part of the preparations for the gathering of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-27 May.