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G7 leaders committed June 13 to end new direct government support for unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of 2021.

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Leaders of the seven major industrialized nations - the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – were meeting in Cornwall under the UK's presidency of the group.

"We commit now to an end to new direct government support for unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of 2021, including through Official Development Assistance, export finance, investment, and financial and trade promotion support," the countries said in a joint communique.

To support developing countries move away from unabated coal, Canada, Germany, the UK, and the US have agreed to provide up to $2 billion to support the work of the Climate Investments Funds.

"These concessional resources are expected to mobilize up to $10 billion in co-financing, including from the private sector, to support renewable energy deployment in developing and emerging economies," they said.

The leaders also launched a G7 Industrial Decarbonization Agenda to accelerate innovation, deploy decarbonization technology and harmonize standards in hard-to-abate sectors like iron and steel, cement, chemicals, and petrochemicals "in order to reach net zero emissions across the whole economy."

For the first time, all G7 leaders have agreed to align their long-term and short-term climate goals with a limit on global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"We commit to net zero no later than 2050, halving our collective emissions over the two decades to 2030, increasing and improving climate finance to 2025; and to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030," they said.

A "Build Back Better for the World" plan, meanwhile, would give developing countries improved, faster access to finance, G7 leaders committing to increase contributions and mobilize $100 billion a year via the International Monetary Fund.

Transport commitments were less defined, with the G7 committing merely to scale up zero emission buses, trains, shipping and aviation, and accelerate the phase-out of diesel and petrol cars.

"We recognize that this will require dramatically increasing the pace of the global decarbonization of the road transport sector throughout the 2020s, and beyond," the countries said.

In domestic energy, the communique supported the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative's goal of doubling the efficiency of lighting, cooling, refrigeration and motor systems sold globally by 2030.