G7 climate, energy and environment ministers meet in Germany

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G7 climate, energy and environment ministers met in Germany. Their discussions will focus on whether member countries can unite to reduce their dependence on Russian energy.

Their meeting began Thursday in Berlin. Japanese State Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Hosoda Kenichi and State Minister for the Environment Ooka Toshitaka are attending.

Ahead of the meeting, German Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck said the countries will discuss how to ensure a stable energy supply following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. , as well as how to deal with climate change.

The G7 countries have already agreed to ban or phase out coal and oil imports from Russia in response to its invasion, but have yet to set a specific deadline for doing so.

European countries, especially Germany and Italy, are heavily dependent on Russia for natural gas. Japan also imports natural gas from the country.

The shutdown of coal-fired electricity generation is also on the agenda. Five G7 countries, including Britain and Germany, have already announced plans to shut down coal-fired power plants.

Japan, a resource-poor country, will explain its plan to use new technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its coal-fired power plants.

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