New Delhi: India has strongly opposed a Japanese proposal on how advanced and emerging economies should go about reducing greenhouse gas emissions held responsible for climate change. Japan has proposed international emission reduction targets for energy-consuming industries under its so-called “sectoral approach”.
The proposal, which figured at a UN climate change conference being held in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August, was described by Ajay Mathur, head of the Bureau for Energy Efficiency, as “the mother of all interventions”.
“Please reflect that requiring each and every industrial unit in a sector to submit itself to an inter-governmental sectoral regime is going to be extremely intrusive—for industrial units in both developed and developing countries,” Mathur told the conference, according to an emailed copy of his speech.
A sectoral approach on energy efficiency would mean that energy-intensive industries such as power generation, iron and steel, cement and aluminium, would have to abide by external targets and may even be penalized for non-compliance.
India says national emission reduction goals would work much better.
“Many of us use sectoral approaches to promote energy efficiency,” Mathur said. “However, national goals are aspirational and are nationally driven and set; they are not set here. Let me reiterate that national, aspirational energy-efficiency goals make sense, and are desirable.”
The Indian delegation reiterated that action to curb global warming should expand and reinvigorate the system of incentives for performance and achievement under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.