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Latest edition of Climate Change Performance Index offers some hope

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The 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), which ranks the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide, was published this week, revealing a new readiness for action on climate protection. The CCPI, published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe, shows that the rate of emissions growth is slowing and there is a greater investment in renewables. Countries such as Denmark, Sweden and the UK are achieving a reduction in emissions, while China is showing improvements in efficiency and a massive investment in renewables. Recent news suggests China’s love affair with coal is drawing to a close, offering new hope for climate protection.

“Data showing declining emission growth rates together with promising political signs, suggesting that we are able to stabilise global emissions. The Paris Climate Summit in 2015, where countries will make new commitments for climate action, could be a turning point in this respect,” says Jan Burck (Germanwatch), author of the Index.

In Europe, the Index shows a mixed picture: "Many EU countries ranked high this year, but others, like Poland (Rank 40) and Bulgaria (Rank 41) scored poorly because of their opposition to further steps nationally and in the EU,” explains Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe.

"Neither the current 2020 nor the new 2030 climate target are in line with the reductions needed by Europe to avert catastrophic climate change and achieve 100% renewables by 2050. To do this, Europe must meet its target to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020 against projections, phase out all fossil fuel subsidies immediately and agree on a fundamental reform of its Emissions Trading Scheme before the Paris Climate Summit,” Trio concludes. 

Morocco has performed particularly well thanks to its renewables policy, which has pushed it into the top ten. Mexico, which has a a good international climate policy evaluation, is in the top 20. Canada (rank 58) remains unchanged and looks to be unchanging. For industrialised countries, this bad performance is only beaten by Australia (Rank 60), where the new conservative government reversed the climate policies previously in effect. In between these two, Kazakhstan (Rank 59) and at the very bottom Saudi Arabia (Rank 61) comprise the bottom four.

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