Environment Ministers were on Saturday gearing up for a gathering in the Italian city of Bologna where they face the challenges of defending and implementing the Paris climate accord following withdrawal from the pact by the US.

The two-day Environment Ministerial Meeting of the G7 will begin on Sunday and would see participants from the seven nations seeking to clarify what US President Donald Trump intended to do in order to curb climate change, in light of his decision.

The G7 meeting would be important as the US would have to clarify its position on the matter, Italy's Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti was quoted as saying by Efe news.

He said that while it was not possible to renegotiate the Paris agreement, ministers wanted to know which policies the US might be able to fulfil.

The meeting will address the G7's commitments on the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Along with Galleti, other participating ministers would be Barbara Hendricks of Germany, Koichi Yamamoto of Japan, Nicolas Hulot of France and Catherine McKenna of Canada.

It was uncertain whether Britain's Andrea Leadsom would attend due to this week's general election.
Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Though Trump's decision on the Paris agreement was set to feature heavily on the agenda, other topics to be addressed included waste in the oceans, ecological finance, circular economy and resource efficiency.

Source: June 10, 2017, The Times of India