India should follow US,China on climate deal: Chinese media

Hangzhou: As India resisted pressure from the
US and China, who are responsible for around 40 per cent of
the world's carbon emissions, to ratify the Paris climate deal
this year, Chinese official media said it is high time India
showed it means "business" in limiting climate change effects.
    The US and China's ratification of the Paris climate deal
have set an example for "other emerging and industrialised
economies", an oped article in the state-run Global Times
today said.
    "It is high time that the EU and India, the third - and
the fourth-largest emitters, also show they mean business when
it comes to limiting the effects of climate change," it said.
    India warded off pressure from China and the US at the
G20 summit here when the US and China tried to set 2016 as a
deadline to ratify the climate deal after they both ratified
the pact and handed over the instruments to the UN.
    India and several other countries believe they cannot
ratify the deal due to various legal impediments, said NITI
(National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog's chief
Aravind Panagariya, India's Sherpa at the Summit, on Saturday.
    "There is no deadline to my mind but we will make
submissions of progress," Panagariya has said.
    Today's article said the US and China signing the deal is
an "incredibly significant act towards the treaty coming into
force, as it requires at least 55 countries that together
account for at least 55 per cent of global emissions. With
China and the US, 26 countries have ratified, accounting for
39.06 per cent of global emissions," it said.
    "It's fair to say that India has realised the importance
of emissions reduction and has made some efforts. Before the
Paris climate conference in December 2015, New Delhi submitted
a long-term plan to reduce its emissions, pledging to cut
fossil fuel emissions intensity by up to 35 per cent by 2030,
compared with the 2005 level", it said.
    In June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a joint
statement with US President Barack Obama that India had begun
the processes to enable the Paris deal to enter into force, it
said.
    "But while (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon was
'hopeful and optimistic' that the agreement can be brought
into force by the end of this year, Indian officials don't
seem to think this way. After all, New Delhi has a dilemma to
address," the article said.
    "China has gone through a similar development stage to
India and it still has made significant commitment towards
curbing global warming. India has striven to become a world
power and to have a bigger say in international affairs, hence
it needs to shoulder its due responsibilities and take
actions, regardless of the difficulties, to help save the
planet," it said.
    "In this process, China can be a reliable partner. In its
proposal last year, India pledged to aggressively ramp up its
production of clean energy like solar power, hydropower and
wind energy. This entails the transfer of proper technologies
from other countries and China can provide a lot of useful
technologies and experiences," it said.

PTI