India may announce carbon targets linked to economic growth

Last Updated: Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 00:09

Beijing: India may come out with its own carbon emission targets that may be based on its economic growth levels, ahead of the climate summit in Copenhagen.
An indication to this effect was given by environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh who met Premier Wen Jiabao, a day after
China announced massive emission cut target up to 45 per cent
by 2020.

Ramesh and Wen are believed to have discussed the
strategies the two countries may adopt at the Copenhagen
climate summit next month.

The Chinese government is said to have confirmed to him
its opposition to allowing any international review of its
environmental progamme, including carbon emission reduction, a
stand India has also shared.

India is surprised by the high level of emission cuts
announced by China yesterday by which it has pledged to reduce
its carbon intensity by 40 to 45 per cent by 2020.

The minister is believed to be of the view that India
cannot ignore emission target levels fixed on their own by
countries like China, Brazil and South Africa. But India`s
targets may not be as high as that of China.

Ahead of his visit to China, Ramesh had said that "we
(India and China) are on same page as far as negotiations are
concerned but not as far as emissions are concerned. China
today is the world`s leading carbon emitter while India is on
the fifth position."

Bureau Report




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