New Delhi: India won’t come under pressure with China announcing cuts in carbon dioxide emissions just a week before climate negotiations in Copenhagen, officials said.
“China is absolutely not moving from the G-77 position at all. These are not international commitments, these are voluntary. This is not the first time China has made such sounds for energy efficiency and renewables,” said a senior Indian negotiator, who did not want to be named.
India has its own energy-efficiency targets and a mammoth solar energy generation plan under its National Action Plan on Climate Change. While China’s energy intensity per GDP unit has risen, India’s has fallen in the last decade. “It’s true we have no targets on the economy as a whole, and there is good reason. If we shift towards infrastructure, it means cement and steel, (which are) very energy-intensive,” he said. China has been focusing on infrastructure and manufacturing and is shifting to services, he said.
China has also said the measures will be voluntary and not internationally binding, its stand in the climate talks and the G-77. Brazil and Indonesia have also announced emission cuts that are contingent on international support and credit.