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India will not commit timeline on emissions cap: Javadekar

India on Friday refused to announce a timeline to cap its emissions, notwithstanding China, which is a BASIC partner in UN climate negotiations, committing to a 2030 deadline in a surprise deal with the US recently.

“Peaking year is not an issue to be discussed in Lima,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told a press conference just ahead of leaving for Peruvian capital Lima to participate in the high-level ministerial segment of the UN climate conference where nations are discussing steps for a new deal in Paris to replace the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

He was asked about the deal announced last month between the US and China, which is part of BASIC bloc comprising India, Brazil and South Africa that had been raising concerns of developing countries in the global climate negotiations.

Under the deal, both countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by close to a third over the next two decades. China would peak its carbon emissions no later than 2030.
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