Climate Change Performance Index

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The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an instrument designed by the German environmental and development organisation Germanwatch e.V. to enhance transparency in international climate politics. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 57 countries and the European Union (EU) (Status 2020), which are together responsible for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Climate Change Performance Index was first published in 2005 and an updated version is presented at the UN Climate Change Conference annually. Germanwatch publishes the index in cooperation with the NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network International and with financial support from Barthel Foundation.[1] The most important results are available in German, English, French and Spanish.

Methodology[edit]

In 2017, the underlying methodology of the CCPI was revised and adapted to the new climate policy framework of the Paris Agreement from 2015. The CCPI was extended in order to include the measurement of a country’s progress towards the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the country’s 2030 targets. The national performances are assessed based on 14 indicators in the following four categories:

1. GHG emissions (weighting 40%)

2. Renewable energy (weighting 20%)

3. Energy use (weighting 20%)

4. Climate policy (weighting 20%)

The three categories “GHG emissions”, “Renewable energy” and “Energy use” are each defined by four equally weighted indicators: 1) current level, 2) recent developments (5-year trend), 3) 2°C compatibility of the current performance and 4) 2°C compatibility of 2030 target. These twelve indicators are complemented by two indicators, measuring the country's performance regarding its national climate policy framework and implementation as well as regarding international climate diplomacy in the category "Climate Policy". The data for the “Climate policy” category is assessed annually in a comprehensive research study. Its basis is the performance rating by climate change experts from non-governmental organisations, universities and think tanks within the countries that are evaluated. In a questionnaire, they give a rating on the most important measures of their governments. The results are rated as very high, high, medium, low or very low.[2]

Results[edit]

The most recent results illustrate the main regional differences in climate protection efforts and performance within the 57 evaluated countries and the EU. According to the CCPI, none of the countries has yet achieved a performance across all indicators that can be qualified as very high, because no country fulfills the requirements to limit global warming to well below 2°C, as agreed in the Paris Agreement. This is why the first three places in the final ranking remain unoccupied. In the index for 2020, Sweden led the ranking, followed by Denmark and Morocco. The last three ranks were taken by the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and Chinese Taipei.

2019 results[edit]

Rank Country Score
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2 - -
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4  Sweden 76.28
5  Morocco 70.48
6  Lithuania 70.47
7  Latvia 68.31
8  United Kingdom 65.92
9   Switzerland 65.42
10  Malta 65.06
11  India 62.93
12  Norway 62.80
13  Finland 62.61
14  Croatia 62.39
15  Denmark 61.96
16  European Union (28) 60.65
17  Portugal 60.54
18  Ukraine 60.09
19  Luxembourg 59.92
20  Romania 59.42
21  France 59.30
22  Brazil 59.29
23  Italy 58.69
24  Egypt 57.49
25  Mexico 56.82
26  Slovak Republic 56.61
27  Germany 55.18
28  Netherlands 54.11
29  Belarus 53.31
30  Greece 50.86
31  Belgium 50.63
32  Czech Republic 49.73
33  China 49.60
34  Argentina 49.01
35  Spain 48.97
36  Austria 48.78
37  Thailand 48.71
38  Indonesia 48.68
39  South Africa 48.25
40  Bulgaria 48.11
41  Poland 47.59
42  Hungary 46.79
43  Slovenia 44.90
44  New Zealand 44.61
45  Estonia 44.37
46  Cyprus 44.34
47  Algeria 42.10
48  Ireland 40.84
49  Japan 40.63
50  Turkey 40.22
51  Malaysia 38.08
52  Russia 37.59
53  Kazakhstan 36.47
54  Canada 34.26
55  Australia 31.27
56  Chinese Taipei 28.80
57  Korea 28.53
58  Iran 23.94
59  United States 18.82
60  Saudi Arabia 8.82

2020 results[edit]

Rank Country Score
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4  Sweden 75.77
5  Denmark 71.14
6  Morocco 70.63
7  United Kingdom 69.80
8  Lithuania 66.22
9  India 66.02
10  Finland 63.25
11  Chile 62.88
12  Norway 61.14
13  Luxembourg 60.91
14  Malta 60.60
15  Latvia 60.75
16   Switzerland 60.61
17  Ukraine 60.60
18  France 57.90
19  Egypt 57.53
20  Croatia 56.97
21  Brazil 55.82
22  European Union (28) 55.82
23  Germany 55.78
24  Romania 54.85
25  Portugal 54.10
26  Italy 53.92
27  Slovak Republic 52.69
28  Greece 52.59
29  Netherlands 50.89
30  China 48.16
31  Estonia 48.05
32  Mexico 47.01
33  Thailand 46.76
34  Spain 46.03
35  Belgium 45.73
36  South Africa 45.67
37  New Zealand 45.67
38  Austria 44.74
39  Indonesia 44.65
40  Belarus 44.18
41  Ireland 44.04
42  Argentina 43.77
43  Czech Republic 42.93
44  Slovenia 41.91
45  Cyprus 41.66
46  Algeria 41.45
47  Hungary 41.17
48  Turkey 40.76
49  Bulgaria 40.12
50  Poland 39.98
51  Japan 39.03
52  Russia 37.85
53  Malaysia 34.21
54  Kazakhstan 33.39
55  Canada 31.01
56  Australia 30.75
57  Iran 28.41
58  Korea 26.75
59  Chinese Taipei 23.33
60  Saudi Arabia 23.03
61  United States 18.60

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burck, Jan; Hagen, Ursula; Höhne, Niklas; Nascimento, Leonardo; Bals, Christoph (10 December 2019). "The Climate Change Performance Index 2020" (PDF). Germanwatch. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. ^ Burck, Jan; Hagen, Ursula; Bals, Christoph; Helling, Violeta; Höhne, Niklas; Nascimento, Leonardo (10 December 2019). "Background and Methodology" (PDF). Germanwatch. Retrieved 28 January 2020.