G7 deal to exit coal strengthens US commitment

By Sara Schonhardt | 04/30/2024 06:36 AM EDT

A communique released Tuesday marks the first time a group of advanced economies have set a common date for a coal phase-out.

The Marshall Steam Station coal power plant operates March 3, 2024, near Mooresville, N.C.

The Marshall Steam Station coal power plant operates March 3 near Mooresville, North Carolina. Chris Carlson/AP

This story was updated at 7:20 a.m. EDT.

A move by the world’s wealthy, developed economies to end the use of coal-fired power by 2035 could further cement U.S. efforts to put an end to the most polluting form of energy and encourage other countries to follow.

G7 climate and energy officials reached an agreement to phase out coal in the first half of the 2030s during talks that started Sunday in Turin, Italy.


Under that decision, they committed to phase out “existing unabated coal power generation,” while reducing the use of coal power for energy up to 2035. They also pledged to work with other countries and the financial sector to end the approval of new coal-fired power plants “as soon as possible,” according to a communique ministers issued at the end of their meeting Tuesday.