China, India Rule Out Binding Emission Cuts, International Verification

  • Date: 07/12/09

ANI News: Chinese officials have said that their country’s pledge to reduce its carbon emissions relative to the growth of its economy will not be binding or subject to international verification, thereby casting doubts on the effectiveness of any agreements expected to be reached this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

China, the leading global carbon emitter, will account for about 29 per cent of total global emissions by 2030, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

It had announced on November 26 that it would cut carbon emissions per unit of its gross domestic product by between 40 per cent and 45 per cent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels.

The pledge, however, raised many questions about how the reductions would be verified, the Washington Times reports.

Xie Zhenhua, vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top planning body, said China’s carbon-intensity goals would be subject to domestic accountability systems that he did not specify. He said the goals would not be internationally binding nor subject to foreign verification.

The carbon goals will be part of China’s next five-year plan but won’t go into effect officially until 2011, when that plan begins and likely will take time to implement.

China will “reduce the speed of our emissions rise,” but still needs to balance environmental and economic factors, Xie said.

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India not to accept any legal binding on emission cut: Govt

The Economic Times: Under attack for its climate policy for Copenhagen summit, Government today said India will not accept any legal binding on emission cut

Days before leaving for the Copenhagen summit which began in the Danish capital today, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “Under no circumstances, we will accept any draft which suggests that India’s emissions should peak by 2025, 2030 … This is simply not on our agenda”.

Replying to queries from members in the Rajya Sabha, he said India would not accept the same level of international scrutiny for the country’s unsupported carbon mitigation action though it can do so for the plans supported by global funding and technology.

“Wherever the world supports us in terms of finance and technology, they can come and verify what we are doing. But where you (developed world) are not supporting us… we will not support these actions to international scrutiny”, he said.

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