Is India Set To Announce Emissions Targets?


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Let's play a game of "Find the large economies that have put emission reductions on the table for Copenhagen." Yay! Let's see. U.S.? Check. China? Check. E.U.? Check. India? Hey India, where you at? Well, it seems India might be willing to make firm commitments after Indian Premier Manmohan Singh said for the first time today that his country of 1.2 billion people might be willing to commit carbon emission cuts if--and this is a big if-- other countries share the responsibility.Singh, who gave no hard figures, said today:

"India is willing to sign on to an ambitious global target for emissions reductions or limiting temperature increase but this must be accompanied by an equitable burden sharing paradigm."

Some Indian media is reporting that Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh will offer cuts of between 20 to 25 percent, but this is unconfirmed by indian officials. Plus it's not clear if that by 2020 or if it's relative to economic growth or a benchmark set in the past.

China recently announced that premier Wen Jiabao will go to Copenhagen summit and that they will reduce emissions per unit of gross domestic product in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels.

President Obama will also go to Copenhagen before he accepts his Nobel peace Prize and will offer emissions cuts of 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, which is consistent with proposed US legislation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends that developed countries cut their emissions by at least 40 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

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