Europe 1 with AFP 4:55 p.m., June 28, 2022

To conclude the G7 summit, the seven heads of state announced the creation of a "climate club", which will aim to consolidate cooperation between countries in order to choose the best practices in the fight against global warming.

The body, led by Germany, will be open to all countries wishing to join.

It was on the last day of the G7 that the leaders announced the news: the Heads of State agreed on the creation of a "climate club".

This body will be intended to strengthen and expand cooperation in the fight against global warming, according to a joint statement published on Tuesday.

Led by Germany, which is chairing the G7 this year, the climate club aims in particular to bring together countries that accept common rules to avoid competitive disadvantages.

The goal: to gather and share the best actions to reduce the ecological impact of each country.

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This climate club will be an "intergovernmental forum of great ambition" open to all countries, explain the seven leaders.

Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Canada and Italy agree: "We invite our partners, including major emitters, G20 members and other economies developing and emerging countries, to intensify discussions and consultations with us," they said in their joint statement.

These countries would jointly set ambitious targets and exempt each other from climate-related trade tariffs to which non-members would be subject.

This would include agreeing carbon pricing standards or uniform regulations for green hydrogen. 

At this stage, neither Japan nor the United States intends to introduce a national carbon price, but conservationists hope that a new momentum will emerge from this initiative.

Members of this club, "will share their best practices" in the fight to reduce CO2 emissions "including through explicit carbon pricing, other carbon mitigation approaches and carbon intensities", explains the statement.

“There are different points of view on measures such as carbon pricing,” acknowledged Olaf Scholz, during a press conference.

The German chancellor wants the club "not to limit itself to the G7 but to include many other countries".

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