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India conveys climate steps to UN, excludes agriculture sector

In keeping with its pledge of adopting a low-carbon path, India has informed the UN that it will undertake voluntary cuts of its emission intensity by 20-25 per cent by 2020 but asserted that it will not be applicable to the agriculture sector.

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2010 16:08 IST

In keeping with its pledge of adopting a low-carbon path, India has informed the UN that it will undertake voluntary cuts of its emission intensity by 20-25 per cent by 2020 but asserted that it will not be applicable to the agriculture sector.

In a statement submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, the government yesterday formally said, "India will endeavour to cut its emissions intensity by 20-25 per cent by 2020 in comparison to the 2005 level through domestic mitigation actions."

Carbon emissions intensity refers to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each unit of gross domestic product.

However, sticking to its negotiating position maintained at last month's Copenhagen Summit, the government said, "While these actions will be in the nature of its contribution to the global efforts to address climate change...it will be entirely voluntary in nature and will not have a legally binding character."

The government tabled its blueprint a day before the UN deadline for submitting the climate change mitigation steps under the Copenhagen Accord, which expired today.

The government also stressed that the agriculture sector would not be the part of its mitigation actions, a move primarily aimed to ensure food security in the country to meet the needs of its ever-increasing population.

"Mitigation actions will not apply to agriculture sector and the emissions from agriculture sector will be excluded from the assessment of emission intensity," the statement said.