Developing countries have a “right” to use fossil fuels, the environment minister said at COP26 on climate on Saturday after draft texts encouraged nations to move away from polluting energy.
Bhupender Yadav told delegates that countries with little historical responsibility for climate change were “entitled to their fair share of the global carbon budget and are entitled to the responsible use of fossil fuels.”
He said climate change was “caused by unsustainable lifestyles and wasteful consumption patterns.”
Mr. Yadav also suggested that India was not in favor of a COP26 initiative to accelerate national emission reduction plans (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
“There is a well-defined cycle for NDC submission. There is no need to deviate from it,” he said.
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