Le Bourget: A blueprint for a pact to cap greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming was delivered on Saturday by negotiators from 195 nations at the climate conference.
The 48-page draft accord, still entailing conflicting proposals, will form the basis on which ministers from across the globe, including Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, will try to formulate a binding deal.
Negotiators appeared confident that some kind of deal will be reached before next weekend and they will be able to avert a repeat of the 2009 Copenhagen summit — that failed miserably.
Analysts said any deal emerging from Paris is likely to fall short of what is needed to cap global warming at 2.0 degrees Celsius or below.
“India is looking at a just and equitable outcome firmly anchored in the UNFCCC. India's priorities are both mitigation and adaptation and both are equally important,” said Susheel Kumar, one of the negotiators.
Asked about predicting India’s peaking year, he said that the country has consulted technical experts and institutions to make an assessment of whether the country can project a peaking year.
“We were advised that it is premature to predict the peaking year for carbon emissions because of our low economic development compared to China,”he said.
The US special envoy for climate change Todd Stern said India and the US are working in a “constructive way” for a climate deal that is comfortable to both.