Climate Change Performance Index

Northern Europe is the greenest of them all

Tim Altegör, 15 Jan 15
The Climate Change Performance Index 2015 compares 58 top CO2 emitting nations. Scandinavia is top, Australia a flop. Morocco conquers the top ten.

Scandinavia is top, Germany is stagnating, and Australia is in freefall: every year, the NGOs Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe publish their Climate Change Performance Index, which rates the efforts of the 58 biggest carbon producers. The authors left the top three places empty again in the 2015 report – a symbolic move to show that no country complied with the requirements necessary to keep global warming within the agreed limit of 2C. Denmark, Sweden and the UK took fourth to sixth place respectively.

Germany was unable to recover from the fall it suffered last year as a result of the rise in its emissions, and remains at number 22. The German government’s latest climate decisions came too late to be taken into consideration. The worst-placed of all the industrialised countries is Australia, which took the title from Canada. Saudi Arabia remains at the very bottom of the index. Morocco, by contrast, is now in the top ten, thanks to what the authors considered to be exemplary renewables funding.

While Climate Change Performance Index showed a new “record” in global energy related CO2 emissions, the authors also highlighted some changes. "Emission growth rates are slowing and at the same time we can observe a global decoupling from CO2 emissions and GDP growth as well as from CO2 emissions and primary energy consumption."

And the Climate Change Performance Index descirbes another silver lining: "Something exciting came up in this year’s CCPI: Denmark and Sweden surpassed their benchmark for the winner’s podium. At least for now, these countries are doing their share to keep the world below 2 °C warming. However, since one year does not make a trend, we will have to see what happens in the future to be sure that this development is not due to short-term weather conditions or other fluctuations"

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