India urges G20 nations to bring down per capita emissions to global average by 2030
NEW DELHI :
INDIA has urged the G20 countries to bring down per capita emissions to the global average by 2030 in view of the “fast-depleting available carbon space”. In the two-day Environment Ministerial meet at the 16th G20 Summit held in Naples, Italy, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said, “We have noted the pledges made by some countries to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions for carbon neutrality by or around mid-century. However, this may not be adequate in view of fast depleting available carbon space.”
“Therefore, and keeping in view the legitimate need of developing countries to grow, we urge G20 countries to commit to bringing down per capita emissions to global average by 2030,” the minister asked the G20 nations. In a joint G20 Energy-Climate Ministerial Communiqué, the G20 nations acknowledged the importance of science-based approach in policy making.
“We acknowledge that COVID crisis has reaffirmed the importance of science-based approach in policymaking. We emphasise the serious warning coming from the global scientific community, that this must be the decade of action to address the urgent challenges of climate change and its linkages with biodiversity loss and human health,” nations said.