‘India will take tough stand at climate talks’

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2015 15:23 IST
An illustration made in Paris on November 8, 2015 shows a deflated Earth globe. Earth has heated up by one degree Celsius (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit), Britain's weather office said on November 9, as greenhouse gases hit record levels just weeks before a crucial climate summit in Paris, which runs from November 30 to December 11. (AFP Photo)

India is against a mandatory review of its climate action plan before 2030 but is open to market-based carbon pricing to encourage emission reduction, environment secretary Ashok Lavasa told HT weeks ahead of an international summit that aims to nail down a binding agreement to limit global warming.

Lavasa, who will be heading India’s official negotiating team at the fortnight-long Paris climate summit next month, said in the interview New Delhi is looking for a pact that is “balanced, comprehensive” and “under” the principles of the two-decade-old United Nations climate convention.

This means India will insist on clear differentiation between the developed and developing world at the Paris meet.

“We are against a lopsided agreement for instance like the first text of the Paris agreement which had to be corrected in the last negotiating session in Bonn,” he said, adding that “public- funded climate finance of US$ 100 billion” was needed to clinch the agreement.

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