China slams developed nations on reduction targets

China has slammed the developed nations, including the US and the EU, for announcing inadequate carbon mitigation targets while coaxing developing countries to put more on the table at the crucial climate conference here.

Chinese chief negotiator Su Wei said the 17 per cent reduction in carbon emission offered by the US by 2020 over 2005 levels was neither "remarkable" nor "notable".

UN scientists have underlined the need for aggregate emission reduction by industrialised countries of between minus 25 per cent and 40 per cent over 1990 levels by 2020 with global emissions falling by at least 50 per cent by 2050.

Emphasising that 17 per cent reduction amounted to one per cent reduction on the 1990 level, Wei said: "I doubt if just one per cent reduction can be regarded as remarkable or notable". (PTI)