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‘Developed nations must make deep emission cuts’

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NEW DELHI: With India gearing up for the upcoming UN climate conference (COP26) with focus on equity and climate justice as core of its negotiating points, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday sought developed countries to take lead in climate action and go for immediate deep emission cuts keeping in view their historical responsibilities and socio-economic reality of the developing nations.
"Need of the hour is a comprehensive set of actions within socio-economic and developmental context to deal with the issue of climate change," said Yadav while addressing a national conference, organised by TERI, ahead of the crucial UN climate meet. The conference, to be held during October 31-November 12 in Glasgow (UK), will see how the world reacts to the recent warning from the IPCC report on possibility of reaching 1.5 degree Celsius of global average temperature rise in next two decades.
Clearly reflecting on India's stand in this context, Yadav said, "The recently released report by IPCC has sounded alarm bells louder than ever, and it is a clarion call for the developed countries to undertake immediate deep emission cuts."
His remarks, asking rich nations to take deep emission cuts, gave a clear signal of India's intent at a time when the developed nations, led by the US, UK and some EU countries, have been pitching for bringing all big emitters including India and China on board to commit to 'net-zero' target by 2050.

Yadav, however, underlined the need for equity while looking for such (mid-century net-zero) options and flagged the importance of finance and technology transfer for the purpose. He said, “Equity and climate justice are touchstones of any global climate response and COP26 should focus on climate finance in scope, scale and speed along with development and transfer of technologies.”
Experts at the conference more or less endorsed India's point with a couple of them even seeking developed countries to reach the 'net-zero' goal much before 2050 while others suggested a flexible timeline to reach the target keeping in view countries' respective capabilities and development imperatives.

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