India shouldn`t be in haste to submit climate targets: Experts
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 19:05
New Delhi: As the January 31 deadline looms over the nations to endorse Copenhagen Accord, climate experts have said India should not to be in a haste in submitting its emission targets and climate plans.

It should instead wait for the offers made by United States and European Union, they said.

They were also of the opinion that the deadline may not give nations time enough to consult their Parliaments and return to the UN with specifics on just how they will meet the reduction requirements.

"The way the negotiations have been taking place particularly since Copenhagen, US might come out with the numbers but with a rider that they are subject to approval from the Senate," said Mukul Sanwal, former special advisor to the UNFCC secretariat.

Same is with the EU which might declare reducing emission through offset under the Clean Development Mechanism.

"India must reconsider what it will have to submit under the Copenhagen Accord as it would become legally binding on it at the cost of its growth. It must wait for the other nations particularly the US and EU to specify their actions," Sanwal said.

He explained, "the way we phrase our commitments is very important. because what the developed nations have done is that all their commitments are specifically in terms of data and numbers. So they (developed nations) want you to scrutinise the data rather than policies."


First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 19:05

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