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India urged other emerging countries to oppose developed countries' efforts to force developing nations to make binding commitments on reducing their carbon emissions or pay tariffs.
"'Green' is becoming a new label for protection. We are now seeing on grounds of 'level-playing field' and 'competitiveness', developing nations will be forced to make binding commitment on emissions reduction or pay tariff," Shyam Saran, India P.M.'s Special Envoy on Climate Change, said.
"This is necessary to give the necessary push at the BRIC level to the serious issue of climate change," said Saran, describing energy security and climate change as "two sides of the same coin".
The BRIC summit should send a clear message that "green protectionism" and "the so-called green tariff" are not acceptable to developing countries, he added. "Green should not become a label for protectionism."