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India slams move to make domestic emission cut legally-binding

As negotiations on climate change gathered momentum, India has said it will play a constructive role even as it slammed efforts of the developed world to make domestic emission cut commitments of developing nations legally-binding and verifiable. See special

india Updated: Dec 12, 2009 19:41 IST

As negotiations on climate change gathered momentum here, India has said it will play a constructive role even as it slammed efforts of the developed world to make domestic emission cut commitments of developing nations legally-binding and verifiable.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh asserted that India's national voluntary domestic measures to tackle global warming were not up for international scrutiny and progress on these would be checked only by the country's Parliament.

He made it clear that India will not agree to the concept of "peaking", a clause incorporated in the first official
draft which mandates developing nations to cap their emissions although it does not mention any time-frame for that.

Ramesh said the "peaking" clause will adversely impact the development of rural electricity in the country which is
already facing a huge backlog in this area.

While ruling out any dilution of previously-stated "red lines" drawn by India, the minister said he had "come here to
play a constructive, facilitative, leadership role to ensure an effective and equitable agreement".

His comments came in the backdrop of a clash between India and the European Union on the contentious issue of
making domestic commitments legally-binding and verifiable.

European Commission Director General Karl Falkenberger said last night that EU expected India, China and other
emerging economies to report on their national mitigation programmes which would be incorporated in an international
treaty.