India at G20 meet: Climate solutions must not come at the cost of developing countries’ competitiveness | India News
Articulate the country’s position in G20 ministerial meeting on environment and climate change in Naples in Italy, Minister of the Environment of India Bhupender Yadav In his virtual speech he also underlined the need for “collective global action to overcome the current Covid-19 crisis”, saying that developing countries need “all possible support more than ever”.
“India is committed to working with the G20 countries for a better world without leaving anyone behind, and joins in solidarity with the global community to mount a strong and effective response that ensures the health of the planet and its people,” said Yadav. while making his speech on the opening day of the two-day meeting.
In my speech to the G20 Environment Ministers today, I reaffirmed India’s position that Prime Minister Shri long underlined… https://t.co/H61OaSyfTj
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On the future course of action for sustainable development, he said that the contexts and perspectives should be guided by the “stage of economic development, national circumstances and priorities, and should not cost competitiveness, equity and development of the developing countries”.
The minister ‘s comments take on importance at a time when stakeholders are exploring various options to achieve Paris Agreement The goal of keeping the global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century and making efforts to keep it around 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level (1850-1900).
EU nations are pitching the proposed carbon border tax as one such option to force big manufacturing countries to adopt cleaner production methods. However, developing countries, including India, consider these instruments to constitute a trade barrier and contravene the principles of the Paris Agreement.
The EU proposal is based on the premise of protecting European industries from external competitors that can manufacture products at lower cost since they are not charged for their carbon emissions during manufacturing processes.
However, Yadav, in his comments, clearly expressed how ensuring “sustainable patterns of consumption and production through sustainable management of natural resources, reducing waste and promoting resource efficiency” has been the priority of the country and is reflected in their national policies. It also specified India’s efforts to phase out single-use plastic and reach its land neutrality target by 2030.
The G20 meeting comes at a time when there has been a clamor for the ‘net zero’ emissions target (reducing carbon emissions or all greenhouse gases to zero by a given date) by raising the targets mitigation of highly polluting countries. However, India had made clear on several occasions that its goal for 2030 was ambitious enough, taking into account its development needs, and that no new goal would arrive before the global balance in 2023.