Decision on coal subsidy phase-out not imminent - OECD chief

viernes 3 de julio de 2015 10:22 GYT

* Last round of discussions ended in stalemate

* UN climate talks provide right context for discussion

* Compromise proposed; OECD members still divided

By Nina Chestney

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - A decision on phasing out a form of coal subsidy is unlikely to come soon but discussions among members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) continue ahead of U.N. climate talks, the OECD's secretary-general said on Friday.

The OECD has been trying for a year to get an agreement from its 34 member nations on ending export credits for technology used to produce coal, the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

OECD talks in June ended in stalemate as Japan, a major user of the aid, led calls for more time. However, sources close to the matter said nations would review the situation over the summer before further discussions in September.

"I frankly at this stage do not think a decision on the subject will be imminent," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria told reporters at a briefing in London.

"But the context seems conducive to the discussions because we have COP21 (U.N. climate talks) ... It focuses the mind," he added.   Continuación...