Coal ‘downsizing’ taken from US-China COP26 statement, criticism of India unfair, officials say | India news
Coal ‘downsizing’ taken from US-China COP26 statement, criticism of India unfair, officials say |  India news

Coal ‘downsizing’ taken from US-China COP26 statement, criticism of India unfair, officials say | India news

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to counter criticism from developed countries that India was a last-minute spoiler at the recent COP26 in terms of coal, senior officials pushed back, saying such a comment is ill-informed and unfair.
The term “phasing out”, which replaced “phasing out” of bullet emissions, is taken from the statement from the US and China from the day before. Officials said India was protesting the fact that only coal was mentioned and not oil and gas used primarily by the developed countries. It puts countries like India and China in the dock, while at the same time providing a loophole for Western countries.
Officials also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on net zero and other climate promises should not be confused with India’s NDCs – the Prime Minister set “national targets” while revising NDC is a technical document. The prime minister, sources said, made an “ambitious statement.” “It surprised many. The Prime Minister said that if you want higher ambitions in mitigation, there should be more ambitions in funding and adaptation. Ambition cannot be one-sided. ”
Brandon Wu, policy chief of ActionAid US, summed up the central “injustice” in a Twitter thread in which he described Western actions as “climate colonialism.” The text is aimed at “unlimited coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies”, which leaves HUGE loopholes for CCS (and “efficient” FF subsidies) as well as completely omitting oil and gas. India previously suggested that it treats ALL fossil fuels on a But a fair phasing out of fossil fuels would put most of the burden directly on the US and rich countries … Instead, the existing language # COP26 has major consequences for developing countries like India and tons of loopholes for the continuation of US fossil fuel activities. ”
India and China worked together on the coal language, officials said, but unfortunately India was in the spotlight when its environment minister was asked to read out the final result. Critics have pointed to India’s “naivety” through which China was released from the hook while India took hold, despite showing the greatest commitment to climate-limiting goals at the summit. “We protested against the excessive emphasis on mitigation versus funding and adaptation,” sources said, adding that India had consistently protested against the targeting of coal subsidies.
However, there is a different view that if India had not asserted itself, the government would very well have faced criticism for not being vigilant about the country’s interests. The government’s view is that the goals set by the Prime Minister for 2030 are a strong fervor for Western nations to fulfill their side of the agreement.
That BASIC statement, officials said, made it clear that India would not agree to phase out coal subsidies – India was joined by, among others, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuelan, Nigeria, China. A compromise was reached that brings the language close to the G-20 declaration, they added, “with national security measures and adequate protection for poor and vulnerable countries.” In the end, “we tried to find consensus.” The final document brought back the “phasing out” of coal subsidies at the request of small island countries, and kept the “phasing out” for coal.
Sources said India has consistently pushed for increased commitment to finance. “Neither funding nor technology transfers have been sufficient in any way.”
Officials also added that India was aiming to be a voice for other developing countries. “That’s our ethos,” they said.

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