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Report clears Pachauri of financial irregularities

Rajendra K Pachauri, the head of the UN’s climate change panel who was under scrutiny for receiving alleged payments from private companies, has been cleared of the allegations by an independently conducted review, a media report has said.

world Updated: Mar 29, 2010 23:57 IST

Rajendra K Pachauri, the head of the UN’s climate change panel who was under scrutiny for receiving alleged payments from private companies, has been cleared of the allegations by an independently conducted review, a media report has said.

Professional services company KPMG examined the personal finances of Pachauri, the chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, following allegations that he received money for advising several private sector companies, including Toyota and Credit Suisse.

“The review found these were all paid to Pachauri’s non-profit organisation TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), which commissioned KPMG,” the Financial Times reported.

Pachauri, the newspaper said, was hoping that another audit he had commissioned, to examine the practices of the IPCC and the science contained in its report, would put to rest allegations of flaws in climate science.

“That review will not be published until the autumn,” said the report.

It further said that Pachauri admitted to one flaw in the IPCC’s report — the wrongful claim that the Himalayan glaciers would all but disappear by 2035 — but he was confident “the rest of the handful of alleged flaws would be proved to be scientifically correct”.

“There might be a few minor glitches in the use of language, a few statements that are not appropriately worded, but this is a human undertaking with 600 to 700 authors,” Pachauri was quoted as saying.