Indias per capita GHGs emission not to increase beyond developed nations

December 11th, 2007 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said Indias per capita Green House Gases (GHGs) emission would not increase beyond those of industrialised nations, and urged the developed countries to commit themselves to significant binding emissions reductions.
We are also determined that, even as we pursue economic growth, our per capita GHG emissions will not increase beyond those of industrialized countries, Mukherjee said at the Sustainability Summit: Asia 2007, here today.
He said that in spite Indias economic growth over the last five years continuing around 9 per cent, commercial energy consumption has only grown by under 4 per cent.
India is not a significant contributor to Green House Gases (GHG) emissions nor will it be so in the foreseeable future. Currently, Indias per capita GHG emissions are around a quarter of the global average, he said.
He said that the country is working to increase significantly the share of civil nuclear power in the countrys energy mix, but many existing critical technologies have been out of reach of developing countries because of prohibitive cost, the existing Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) regime, and technology denial regimes.
We need to address the IPRs regime to ensure that technologies, which are necessary for pursuing the global goal of sustainable development, are available to developing countries, he said.
We have also made it clear that the need of the hour for developing countries is adapting to the inevitability of climate change. For that we need to have the necessary financial and technological wherewithal. And as we have always maintained, development would give us the necessary capability for adaptation, he added. (ANI)

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