Climate Change Performance Index 2015

German Watch

[Worldwatch Institute Press Release] Global emissions have reached a new peak, but recent developments indicate a new readiness for action on climate protection. This is the message of the 10th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI); a ranking of the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe at the UN Climate Conference in Lima yesterday…

In some countries like Denmark (Rank 4), Sweden (Rank 5) and the United Kingdom (Rank 6) the result is decreasing emissions. On the other side of the globe China, the world’s biggest emitter, shows improvements in the efficiency sector and massive investments in renewables. Most recent developments indicate China’s decade long coal boom seems to be over, offering new hope for global climate protection.

In the United States (Rank 44), “the Obama White House has recently sent strong signals to the world that it is more committed than ever to reducing carbon emissions,” says Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute’s Director of Climate and Energy…“Progress on the necessary transition to a low-emission, climate-compatible society remains chiefly driven by individual U.S. states and municipalities. Therefore, the U.S. 2015 overall ranking did not improve from last year’s.  In contrast, several developing or emerging economies—including major emitters like China (Rank 45), India (Rank 31), Indonesia (Rank 23), and Mexico (Rank 18)—are scoring higher this year, due to decisive national action,” adds Ochs…


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