India, the world’s third-largest carbon emitter, said that setting a net zero target with zero net greenhouse gas emissions could not be a solution to climate change, and instead mentioned the theory of rich state responsibility.
According to local media, Indian Environment Minister Buffender Yadab held a press conference the day before and conveyed the government’s position.
Countries around the world are announcing the timing of their carbon-neutral goals ahead of the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) to be held in Glasgow, UK, from March 31 to December 12, but India, where economic growth is urgent, has not disclosed its goal. This was a passive attitude.
RP Gupta, a senior official at the Ministry of Environment, who was also present at the conference, said, “The accumulated emissions (in the atmosphere) are the cause of climate change.” It is more important to focus on whether
According to BBC News, India’s annual carbon emission is 714 million tons, which is the leading carbon emitter after China 2.77 billion tons and the United States 1.44 billion tons.
But since the 1850s, the Associated Press pointed out that India accounts for only 4% of the world’s cumulative emissions.
In this regard, Yadav called for rich countries to recognize their ‘historical responsibility’ for carbon emissions and protection of the interests of developing and climate change vulnerable countries.
The point is that developed countries, which have achieved economic growth by causing air pollution, should not place the burden of environmental response on developing countries that are just trying to boost their economy.
Yadab said he would fight for ‘climate justice’ at COP26 and would push for a way to get rich countries to pay for measures to mitigate global warming.
India has set and is pursuing its own goal to reduce carbon emissions, such as securing 450 GW of electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
“India is meeting its target without the promised funding of the rich countries,” Yadab said.
Previously, India’s Ministry of Finance estimated that the cost of achieving its climate goals in 2019 was approximately US$2.5 trillion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was initially expected to be absent from COP26, is also expected to attend.
“India will be committed to finding solutions related to climate change at this meeting,” said Yadab.