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Ficci asks PM not to alter stance on climate change

Last Updated: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 16:03

New Delhi: Industry body Ficci has asked the
Prime Minister not to shift positions on climate change at the
Copenhagen Summit from the original stand of fixing
responsibility of cutting greenhouse gas emissions on a per
capita basis.

"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 and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand

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," he said.

Singh will be attending the climate summit beginning
tomorrow 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.


First Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 16:03
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