India`s per capita emission 70% below world average

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 17:02

New Delhi: Despite being the fourth largest
economy, India`s per capita emission levels are 70 per cent
below world average and 93 per cent lower than those in the
US, says a latest report on climate change.

Jointly prepared by business chamber Assocham and
consultancy firm Ernest and Young, the report highlighted that
carbon emissions in India increased by 65 per cent between
1990 and now and are projected to grow by close to 70 per cent
in the next decade or so.

But it remained low as compared to other major economies,
accounting for only two per cent of cumulative energy related
emissions since many decades.

On a per capita basis, India`s emissions are 70 per cent
below world average and 93 per cent below the level in the US.

Thus, following principle of common but differentiated
responsibility, India maintains that major responsibility of
curbing emissions rests with developed countries, which have
accumulated emissions over a long period of time, pointed out
the report that comes at a time when tough negotiations are on
at the Copenhagen climate meet.

Quoting the findings, Assocham President Swati Piramal
said in a statement that India`s greenhouse gas intensity is
currently close to 20 per cent lower than world average and 15
per cent and 14 per cent lower than the US and China,
respectively.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 17:02

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