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17th edition of Climate Change Performance Index

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 12, Nov 2021
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The 17th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index was released recently.

About CCPI:

  • It is compiled by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute, and the Climate Action Network.
  • It monitors climate mitigation progress of 60 countries and the European Union.
  • It aims to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables the comparability of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries.


Methodological approach and data sources

The CCPI assesses countries’ performance in four categories:

  • “GHG Emissions” (40% of overall score).
  • “Renewable Energy” (20% of overall score).
  • “Energy Use” (20% of overall score).
  • “Climate Policy” (20% of overall score).

Performance of various countries in the latest index:

  • The first three ranks of the overall rankings were kept empty because no country had performed well enough in all index categories to achieve an overall very high rating.
  • The first three ranks in the greenhouse gas emissions category, too, were kept empty.
  • In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, Sweden, Egypt, Chile and the UK are in the top 7.
  • Scandinavian countries such as Sweden achieved the best results because of their “outstanding” effort on renewable energy. Iran and Russia are ranked the lowest in this category.
  • Overall, Australia, South Korea and Russia and the United States are among the lowest performing countries along with Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.
  • China is ranked 37 overall and has an overall rating of “low”.

Performance of India:

  • In the overall rankings, India is at number 10 with a score of 69.22. It is a high performer except in the renewable energy category, in which it is ranked “medium”.
  • The report says that India is benefiting from its relatively low per-capita emissions.