COP26: China and India among 22 nations calling for key emissions section to be removed from deal

COP26: China and India among 22 nations calling for key emissions section to be removed from deal
Bolivia’s chief negotiator Diego Pacheco, who represents the LMDC group, said on Thursday that countries felt the developed world was trying to transfer its responsibilities for the climate crisis to the developing world.

“We ask the presidency to remove the mitigation section entirely,” Pacheco told a news conference in Glasgow. CNN is reaching out to Chinese and Indian officials for comment.

The LMDC does not believe that developing countries should have the same emissions deadlines and ambitions as rich nations.

Pacheco pointed to the greater historical role of developed countries in the climate crisis, accusing rich nations of trying to “transfer responsibility” to developing nations, but calling on them to meet the same emission reduction deadlines as the developed world.

“History matters and history is very important to understand and contextualize in the ambition discussion,” he said. He added that it would be impossible for many countries in the group to achieve Net Zero by mid-century, as many countries have signed up for.

It is highly unlikely that the entire section will be removed from a final agreement. However, the call for it to be removed is a bold request from the group, indicating huge gaps between countries’ demands. It also suggests that the described measures on emission cuts could be relaxed, or different rules could be adopted for developed and developing countries.

The final agreement needs the consensus of the 197 parties participating in the talks.

The mitigation section includes language about trying to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as opposed to the upper limit of 2 degrees mentioned in the Paris Agreement. It also urges countries to accelerate updates to their emissions commitments by the end of 2022.

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Some civil society groups have criticized the LMDC’s stance, calling it a deliberately exaggerated request to gain influence in the talks.

The suggestion to remove the mitigation section “is clearly a punch in the face of people suffering from the climate crisis,” said Teresa Anderson, climate policy coordinator at ActionAid International.

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