India is not historically responsible for climate change, but India is taking steps to reduce emissions as a responsible country, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on the eve of the fifth year of the Paris climate agreement.
“Climate change is not an overnight phenomenon. It has been necessary for the last 100 years. Historically, the US has 25% of all emissions, Europe has 22%, while China has 13% and India only 3%. We are in no way responsible for this climate change, ”said Javadekar.
The Paris Climate Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 by 196 parties. It entered into force as of November 4, 2016.
At present, India contributes only 6.8% of global emissions and the per capita emission is only 1.9 tons per capita. By comparison, the United States’ emission is 13.5 percent of global emissions and per capita is 15.52 tons. China contributes 30 percent of global emissions, while the European Union, including the United Kingdom, contributes 8.7 percent, the ministry said in its presentation.