Shelagh Whitley, a research fellow at UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute who writes an annual report on fossil fuel subsidies, said:
'It is a historic day because for the first time a target year has been set to end fossil fuel subsidies.
'But these G7 governments must act even quicker if they are to meet the climate commitments they signed up to in Paris. Otherwise they, and other countries following their lead, will continue to pour billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money into the dirty and doomed fossil fuel industry between now and the target date.'
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