The government's pledge to cut emissions by 20-25 per cent by 2020 has evoked mixed response with the BJP charging it with changing the baseline of country's negotiation position and succumbing to pressure from developed nations. However, India Inc and NGOs welcomed the move.
"The BJP has serious reservations against the unilateral cuts in emissions announced by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh during the Lok Sabha debate on climate change yesterday. It is a bad strategy on the eve of Copenhagen summit to announce unilateral stance without waiting for the approach of the developed countries," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said. He alleged the government had succumbed to pressure from developed countries. "It could be pressure from the United States and China, I am not very sure," he added.
The BJP leader also demanded that the inputs from the Planning Commission and "other sources" considered by the Environment Minister before formulating the country's changed position be shared with the common man.
Prominent NGO, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was cautious on the move, saying that while it welcomes the announcement to voluntarily cut carbon emission intensity, rich nations may use it to change the globally agreed framework for finalising legally binding targets.
CSE Director Sunita Narain said rich nations, including the US, may try to use India's position of voluntary carbon emission cuts to dismantle the current framework of negotiations in the upcoming Copenhagen summit.