Kolkata: India has been playing a very
constructive role in countering global climate change since
the Copenhagen summit on climate change, a top UK government
"India`s approach to the whole problem has been positive
and the country played a constructive role in the
negotiations," First Secretary of Climate Change and Energy of
British High Commission, Fergus Auld, said on the
sidelines of a seminar organised by CII and Centre for Social
"India`s decision to cut carbon emission was a very
positive step to counter global climate change," he said.
Ahead of the summit on December three last year,
Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh had said the
government would reduce carbon emission intensity by 20-25 per
cent by 2020 through a series of policy measures, including
mandatory fuel efficiency standards on all vehicles.
Auld said India has played constructive role in some
areas like development of low-carbon technology and forestry.
The UK climate official feels that there is a slim
possibility of reaching an agreement in next climate summit to
be held in Mexico this December or next year in South Africa.
"With the current developments taking place, reaching
an agreement there is not a foregone conclusion," he said.
British government agencies have been helping state
governments like West Bengal to formulate plans, create
awareness and policy applications, sources said.