The Great Debate (India)

Should India agree to reduce carbon emissions?


The Indian government has reiterated its refusal to reduce carbon emissions under any new global deal to fight climate change.

Carbon emissionsThe Times of India reported this week that Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to accept curbs on India’s rising carbon emissions without insisting they should hinge on new finance and technology from rich nations.

While such a possibility was seen by Western negotiators as potentially helping in getting agreement on a global deal in Copenhagen in December, Ramesh was accused in the Indian media and by opposition political parties of hurting the interests of India.

But Ramesh said on Tuesday India was not going to accept internationally legally binding emission reduction targets, though it was prepared to discuss and make public periodically the status of its domestic climate action.