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Formation1991 (27 years ago) (1991)
Typenon-profit, non-governmental organization

Germanwatch e.V. (founded in 1991), usually called Germanwatch, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Bonn, Germany. It seeks to influence public policy on trade, the environment, and relations between countries in the industrialized north and underdeveloped south. The organization collates a variety of economic and social data to formulate position papers, often in partnership with other NGOs. Particular areas of interest include trade in food and agricultural policy, climate change, and corporate accountability.

Climate Change Performance Index[edit]

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an annual publication by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. It evaluates the climate protection performance of 58 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. The CCPI 2012 publication covers CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

The following CCPI 2013 publication may include emissions from deforestation, agriculture and waste. 50% of the evaluation is based on emissions trend, 30% on emissions level and 20% on national and international climate policy assessments made by more than 200 experts. The most recent results (2012) illustrate that efforts are still insufficient to prevent dangerous climate change. Thus, no country received rankings one to three in 2012.[1]


On 9 November 2016, Lutz Weische of Germanwatch told Deutsche Welle, following the election of Donald Trump as US president, that "Germany's climate and energy policy stances are highly influential globally, and now must be strengthened".[2]


  1. ^ The Climate Change Performance Index Results 2012
  2. ^ Zimmermann, Nils (9 November 2016). "Strong German climate policy needed in wake of Trump victory". Deutsche Welle. Bonn and Berlin, Germany. Retrieved 2016-11-10.

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