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Climate change: Minister is all for shift, not surrender

india Updated: Oct 20, 2009 01:04 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has denied suggesting a radical shift in India’s position on climate change, but he does advocate taking a more nuanced position.

“There is no question of India agreeing to emission cuts targets or junking the Kyoto Protocol,” Ramesh, told Hindustan Times, after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “We want emission cut targets only for the developed world, not for developing nations.”

However, in a note to the PM, Ramesh has suggested that India be willing to talk about commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, provided developed countries give the funds and technology required.

The note also suggests a domestic law on climate change management, which has emission mitigation targets for efficiency in energy sector and non-fossil based energy supply by 2020/2030. The proposed law, which the environment ministry wants to introduce in the winter session of Parliament, will quantify India’s emission reduction targets for the first time.

“The question of subjecting what we do to reduce our emissions from our own resources will not be open for international scrutiny. The information will be available for discussion, not verification,” he said.

In the note, Ramesh said India must maintain flexibility in negotiations and be seen as “pragmatic and constructive” and not “argumentative and polemical” so that the country is not treated with disfavour or resented as that could affect India’s aspiration to be permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.