US Climate Envoy Kerry Reiterates Coal-Free Pledge at COP27 Summit

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry reiterated his country’s commitment to be coal free by 2030 at the COP 27 climate summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 8.

Kerry had previously made the prediction at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow in 2021.

Speaking during the opening event at the US center at the climate summit, the former senator said: “Folks, we will be coal free. We will not be using coal in our power sector.”

Despite a unilateral agreement to phase out coal and fossil fuels, only 29 out of 194 countries came forward with tightened national plans, according to the summit’s organisers. Efforts, the UN said, remain insufficient to reach the Paris Agreement’s aim of limiting the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Credit: Ethan van Diemen via Storyful