UN CHIEF SEEKS END TO FINANCING OF COAL TO SMOOTH CLEAN ENERGY SHIFT
Energy Future|July - September 2020
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to stop financing for coal and commit not to build new coal-fired power plants to enable a shift to clean energy.

He spoke at a virtual clean energy transition summit of 40 countries representing 80% of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They discussed steps to buoy economies, cut emissions, and make energy systems more resilient to climate change.

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