India may announce carbon targets linked to economic growth



India may announce carbon targets linked to economic growth 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