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India will not agree on 'peaking year' concept: Ramesh

India will not agree to a concept of "peaking" year as there is a huge backlog of development in expanding rural electricity in the country, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said. Ramesh, speaking at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, also ruled out compromise on previously stated "red lines"

world Updated: Dec 12, 2009 09:58 IST

India will not agree to a concept of "peaking" year as there is a huge backlog of development in expanding rural electricity in the country, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said, as he ruled out compromise on previously stated "red lines".

On his first day at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, Ramesh also said that India's national voluntary domestic measures to tackle climate change were not up for international scrutiny and progress on these measures would be checked by country's Parliament.

India was here to facilitate a legally binding deal and "has come here to play a constructive, facilitative, leadership role to ensure and effective and equitable agreement," Ramesh said.

"But at the same time we will not agree to a concept of peaking year for India because we have huge backlog of development particularly in expanding rural electricity supply."

The minister highlighted that not only was India announcing voluntary target of reducing carbon intensity by 20 to 25 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020 it was also taking a "nationally accountable mitigation outcome," which means that implementation and progress on these domestic measures would be checked by Parliament, civil society and media.

"There is no place on Earth that has domestic MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) as boisterous, intensive an aggressive that in India."

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