This project arose out of trying to develop a fuller understanding of India’s insistence on equity at the UNFCCC negotiations. Further, this project is also trying to investigate aspects other than a strict division of per capita accumulation of anthropogenic emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The primary motivation of India and many other developing countries at the UNFCCC negotiations is to avoid constraining their development in the medium to long term.
In this context, the project seeks to try and ascertain what are the long-term development thresholds that a country like India is likely to achieve. This exercise is based on defining and arriving at a decent standard of living which every Indians should be aspiring for, and defining them on the basis of set of indicators covering all probable sectors of development dimensions. These thresholds will be beyond what we mean by the requirements for the property alleviation per se which are being carried out in many studies, and would come up with estimates of requirements to meet those demands for the country.
Once these thresholds are known, the project will seek to investigate the likely emission scenarios that can result from the pursuit of these development levels. The emission scenarios would vary depending upon policy trajectories, as well as availability of technologies and additional financing required to deploy and disseminate them.
Essentially, the project tries to investigate whether India and other large developing countries can modify their positions without necessarily compromising on their right to development.
For more details of the project, please refer to this document.