Highlights: Climate Change Performance Index

Climate Change Performance Index Highlights

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The index is developed by New Climate Institute, Germanwatch and CAN. The index ties in with the global Climate Change Performance Index by Germanwatch, a rating of the 58 largest emitters of GHG emissions globally which are responsible for over 90% of global energy-related emissions that has been published annually since 2006.
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) compares countries in the areas of emissions trends and levels, expansion and use of renewable energies, energy efficiency and climate policies. In 2017 the methodology of the CCPI was revised, to fully incor­porate the Paris Agreement, which marked a milestone in the in­ternational climate negotiations. The CCPI also reflects countries' current performances towards this pathway in ab­solute terms, in addition to the relative indicators measuring the current level and past trends in all three categories. 40% of the evaluation is based on indicators of Emissions, 20% on Renewable Energies and 20% on Energy Use. The remaining 20% of the CCPI evaluation is based on national and interna­tional climate policy assessments by experts from the respec­tive countries.

Highlights

Overall Results of CCPI 2019
  • The ranking results are defined by a country’s aggregated performance re­garding 14 indicators within the four categories GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy and Energy Use, as well as on Climate Policy, in a globally unique policy section of the index. 
  • No country performed well enough to reach the ranking very good in this year’s index, meaning that no country has yet made it to one of the top three places in the rankings. 
  • Top performing countries 
    • Sweden 
    • Morocco 
    • Lithuania 
    • Latvia 
  • Bottom five countries 
    • Saudi Arabia 
    • United States 
    • Islamic Republic of Iran 
    • Republic of Korea 
    • Chinese Taipei 
  • The sub-ranking results of GHG emissions are defined by a country’s aggregated performance regarding four indicators. The evaluation looks at 
    • Current levels of per capita GHG emissions 
    • Developments in GHG emissions over the past five years in absolute terms 
    • Current levels of per capita GHG emissions compared to a country specific well below 2 degree Celsius pathway 
    • country's own 2030 emissions reduction target compared to its well-below-2°C pathway 
  • Considering emissions from Land use, land use change and forestry, Sweden is the best performing country regarding GHG emissions, followed by Egypt, Malta and the United Kingdom. Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Korea and Saudi Arabia are the bottom three countries, performing very low or low on every indicator of this category. 
  • Mitigation targets for 2030 are too low and not on track for a pathway towards well below 2°C or even 1.5°C warming. 
  • The sub-ranking results of the index category Renewable Energy are defined by a country’s aggregated performance regarding four indicators. The evaluation looks at: 
    • Current levels of the share of renewable energy in total primary energy supply 
    • Developments of renewable energy in the past five years in absolute terms 
    • Current levels of the share of renewable energy in total primary energy supply compared to a coun­try specific well-below-2°C pathway 
    • Country's own 2030 renewable energy target compared to its well-below-2°C pathway 
  • The sub-ranking results of the index category Energy Use are defined by a country’s aggregated perfor­mance regarding four indicators. The evaluation looks at 
    • Current levels of per capita energy use 
    • Developments of per capita energy use in the past five years in absolute terms 
    • Current levels of per capita energy use com­pared to a country specific well-below-2°C pathway 
    • Country's own 2030 energy use target com­pared to its well-below-2°C pathway. 
  • The index category Climate Policy considers the fact that measures taken by governments to reduce GHG often take several years to show their effect on the emissions, renewable energy and energy use indica­tors. Top countries in this year’s climate change policy are 
    • Portugal 
    • France 
    • The Netherlands 
    • Sweden 
    • Morocco 
  • Countries performing worst in the category of Climate Policy are 
    • Australia 
    • Turkey 
    • The United States 

India’s status in this year’s CCPI 

  • India ranks 11th in this year’s CCPI, improving its standing by three places compared to the previous edition. 
  • Most notably India improved its performance in the Renewable Energy cat­egory, joining the group of medium performers. However, plans to build new coal-fired power plants may pose a risk of offsetting positive developments in the renewable energy sector. 
  • Comparatively low levels of per capita GHG emissions and a relatively ambitious mitigation target for 2030 give India an overall high rating in the emissions category. 

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