He was speaking on the sidelines of the UN climate talks (CO) at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, while releasing India’s long-term low-emission development strategy after submitting it to the UN climate body.
Calling upon developed countries to elaborate on their immediate plans on how they would achieve their targets, the minister said, “We see that following the current energy crisis, many have turned back to increased fossil fuels for energy security. It is not enough to say that targets for emissions reduction will be met, when the reality is that they will unequally consume even more of the carbon budget.”
Before heading for crucial negotiation rounds at CO, Yadav sought to remind the participants at climate talks, specifically from the rich nations, that global warming is a global collective action problem that must be solved through international cooperation. “India has contributed little to global warming. Despite being home to one-sixth of the world’s population, India’s historical contribution to cumulative global GHG emissions is minuscule,” he said.
Reminding the developed countries of their responsibility of being historical polluters that led to global warming, Yadav said, “Now is the time to tell the developing world how the promise of $100 billion is to be met. We, at Glasgow, noted with regret that it is indeed not being met. The world would like to know how the resources for meeting the world’s adaptation needs, whose estimates are rising constantly, are to be mobilised.