The Environment ministerial G7 Summit: the next step


President Donald Trump on the first of June said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, drawing anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

What is he withdrawing the US from is a common path that a great many of sovereign countries have agreed to share. Under the Italian Presidency, the Energy Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, and the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy (Heads of Delegation) met in Rome on 9-10 April 2017, to discuss developments since the Kitakyushu meeting held in 2016 and the entry into force of the historic UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

In Rome, All Heads of Delegation recognized the key role of the energy transition through the development of new market based clean energy technologies and through non market-distortive support measures. The enhancement of research and development of innovative technologies are crucial for the future, recognizing that economic growth and protecting the environment can and should be achieved simultaneously. They welcomed the housing of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) within the International Energy Agency (IEA) as well as the increased efforts of the IEA in fostering international energy efficiency collaboration. They stressed that continued investment in the energy sector, in particular in quality energy infrastructure, in upstream development, in low emissions and in low carbon technologies and in energy efficiency, remains critically important for ensuring future energy security and mitigating risks to sustainable growth of global economy.

They took note of the significant progress achieved during the last three years to strengthen energy security in the context of sustainability and growth. Ensuring open, transparent, liquid and secure global markets for energy resources and technologies remains a top priority for the G7. The Heads of Delegation reaffirmed mutual cooperation and continued commitment to diversification, including diverse energy mix, routes and sources of supply, as core elements for energy security and improving the resilience of the energy systems.

Trump, tapping into the “America First” message he used when he was elected president last year, said the Paris accord would undermine the U.S. economy, cost U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

Indeed, when Trump declared “We’re getting out,” at the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden under sunny skies on a warm June day, he  fulfilled a major election campaign pledge.

In the meeting of G7 at Taormina, The United States of America already claimed that it was “ in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.”

Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn said that the U.S. president had told his fellow G7 leaders that “the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump”—but reiterated his concerns that the U.S. was falling behind India and China in manufacturing. “He didn’t want to do anything to put the U.S. at a disadvantage,” Cohn said.

Now the next step is Bologna, that  On June 11-12  will host the Environment Ministerial.

Maybe It will the appointment for international and European stakeholders to listen to the US way of taking care of environment.


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