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Paris climate change pact: India's stance will be revealed through small print
(2015-08-21) India is likely to announce its targets for the Paris deal by September-end. The Indian offering– called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)– is expected to have different components with an over-arching target for reducing the emission intensity of the economy by 2030. This over-arching figure is expected to be well over the 20-25 per cent reduction by 2020 compared to 2005 levels that India had earlier committed.

The nature of Indian INDCs is likely to be along the lines the Chinese have offered and highlight the number of big steps India has already taken to address climate change.

Developed countries have already submitted sub-optimal targets under the Paris agreement and China has taken targets that are quite close to their business-as-usual scenario.
 
Yet, the attention on INDCs has distracted away from the key areas of concern that India faces during the next three months on the road to Paris. To top it, the radical advice from government’s chief economic advisor, Arvind Subramanian, has not just heated up domestic politics on climate change, but also forced India’s partner countries in climate change negotiations to look for clarity on the NDA government’s stance, which is reminiscent of what Jairam Ramesh’s advice to the then Prime Minister had done in the run-up to Copenhagen. At that time, both BJP and the Left parties in opposition had taken on the UPA in Parliament for attempting to move away from national consensus.

Officials across ministries say Subramanian’s radical suggestions cannot possibly be accepted at this stage and have been formally objected to in parts but the matter has not been settled at the highest levels of government so far. A radical and blatant departure three months before the Paris talks always seemed unlikely.

But observers would now be looking all the more carefully for departures from existing red-lines in the small print of Indian submissions to the UN, as well as statements and utterances of NDA’s climate change thinking-heads, besides of course that of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. These thinking-heads include Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his minister for state Jayant Sinha, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu – who also acts as Sherpa for Indo-US strategic dialogue and the G-20 and takes keen interest in the issue, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and the mandarins at the ministry of external affairs. They are all involved in different bilateral, plurilateral and formal UN talks on climate change.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/paris-climate-change-pact-india-s-stance-will-be-revealed-through-small-print-115082000828_1.html
Source:Business Standard
Date:Aug 24,2015