Since the failed Copenhagen climate conference in 2009, India has emerged as a crucial player in the international climate negotiations. India’s rapid economic growth in recent decades has seen it emerge as the world’s fourth largest aggregate emitter of greenhouse gases and it has been under increasing pressure, particularly from the USA, to take on greater mitigation responsibility in the post-Kyoto negotiations. India, however, has insisted that it should not be considered a ‘major emitter’ due its very low historical and per capita emissions, its pressing development needs, and the dire energy poverty suffered by its rural poor. This presentation explores the history of the impasse between the US and India (as a member of both the G77 and the BASIC group) and whether any resolution is likely in the negotiations for a new climate treaty to be signed in 2015.
About the Speaker:
Robyn Eckersley is a Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics, politics, policy, international relations and governance of climate change. Her recent major research projects include an examination of the interplay between the trade and climate regimes, and a five-country comparative study on ‘What Makes a Climate Leader?: Developed countries’ responsibilities under the international climate regime’.