Climate change: Industry alarmed over `change` in stance

Last Updated: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 20:19

New Delhi: The industry on Saturday said it is
"alarmed" over reports that the government may alter its
negotiation stance at the forthcoming Copenhagen Summit on
climate change and drop the per capita basis emission
reduction norms.

"We are alarmed by reports that the government may change
its stance on the principle that emission of all countries
should converge on per capita basis. We strongly suggest that
per capita emission remains the basis for greenhouse gas
emission reduction," Ficci president Harsh Pati Singhania said
in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Singhania said the Prime Minister had also supported the
principle of per capita emission cuts when he spoke recently
at the Delhi High Level Conference on Climate Change,
Technology Development and Transfer.

"It is important that India and other developing
economies push for a climate change regime that has
convergence of greenhouse gas emissions on equal per capita
basis worldwide," the Ficci chief said.

The Prime Minister will be attending the Copenhagen
Summit begining Monday on climate change along with a galaxy
of
world leaders including US president Barack Obama.

India being the second most populous country, its per
capita emission works out to its favour at 1.2
tonne annually
against 20 tonne in the US.

Environment Minister Jayram Ramesh is quoted as saying
that the per capita emission reduction norms cannot remain the
only
plank for Indian negotiators. He described the country`s
low emission on this basis as "a historical accident".

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 20:19
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