Climate Change Performance Index 2018

18/11/2017 634 Environment and Ecology | Climate | View Recent Current Affairs

  •  Environmental organisation Germanwatch has released Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018. The report was made public on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change negotiations (COP23) in Bonn.

Highlights of the report:

  • As per the report, fifty-six countries and the EU are together responsible for about 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The report notes that global energy transition is taking up speed but no country is doing enough. For this, the countries have to strengthen targets and implementation.
  • The data show encouraging growth in renewable energy, ever cheaper prices for solar and wind energy and successes in saving energy in many countries. This was responsible for stabilising global energy CO2 emissions in the last three years.
  • But progress is achieved much too slow for a fully renewable energy based world economy in a few decades, because growing oil and gas consumption is higher than the welcomed reduction in coal use.
  • China, which is one of the highest GHG emitting country, ranks 41st.
  • India is ranked 14th, an improvement from its 20th position last year.
  • The bottom three of the index is formed by Korea (58), Iran (59) and Saudi Arabia (rank 60), all of which are showing hardly any progress or ambition in reducing its emissions and energy use.
  • Similar to last year’s rankings, top three rankings are still unoccupied as no country has adhered to commitments made in 2015 Paris Climate Accord that aims to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • The report has taken into consideration commitments by nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent and increase energy efficiency and renewable by at least 27 per cent by year 2030.

About Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI):

  • Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) keeps track of countries’ efforts in combating climate change.
  • It is issued by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute and the Climate Action Network.
  • On the basis of standardized criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and European Unionthat together are responsible for about 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • CCPI 2018 report was released on November 15, 2017 on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change negotiations (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

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