Developing countries to challenge emissions limits

  • Date: 01/12/09

The Daily Telegraph: Developing countries are preparing to challenge tough limits on their carbon dioxide emissions that could damage their economies, after tough proposals from Denmark were leaked ahead of next week’s Copenhagen climate change summit.

The documents, which emerged on Monday in India, appear to argue that the world’s emissions ought to halve by 2050 and the carbon dioxide released by developing nations should peak in 2025.

The event’s host country denied circulating an official draft containing the proposals, confirming only that it had sent out consultation papers to participating countries and “key stakeholders”.

It emerged on Monday night that the leaders of Brazil, South Africa, India and China are expected to present their own draft document regarding Copenhagen as an alternative to the Danish suggestions.

Jairam Ramesh, India’s environment minister, called the Danish draft “totally unacceptable”, insisting that such a proposal ought not to be on the table.

“We are never going to take on a peaking year for absolute emissions. This is not on the horizon,” Mr Ramesh told Denmark, according to Indian media reports.

The emerging nation has said that it is prepared to slow growth, but refuses any type of cap.

China last week proposed cutting “carbon intensity” of its energy usage by 40pc-45pc over the next decade, rather than setting a limit on overall emissions.

The row ahead of next week’s conference suggests that it could be tough for countries even to reach even a “binding legal agreement” on keeping global temperature rises below two degrees Celsius.

President Barack Obama is among several global leaders who have said publicly that a final treaty on global warming now appears to be out of reach.

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