Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)

  • 11 Nov 2021

On 10th November 2021, Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2022, published by German-watch along with Climate Action Network (CAN) and New Climate Institute, was released on the sidelines of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (CoP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The CCPI analyses and compares climate change mitigation efforts across 60 countries (plus EU as a whole) with the highest emissions. Together these countries account for 90 percent of global emissions.

Aim of the Index

  • The index aims to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enable comparison of mitigation efforts and progress made by individual countries.

Major Findings

Leaders: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway occupy ranks four through six in the new Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2022. Places one to three again remain vacant because no country’s measures thus far have been sufficient to achieve an overall ‘very high’ rating – none are following a path necessary to keep global warming within the 1.5°C limit.

Worst Performers: In the overall ranking, Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea are among the worst performers.

Best performers among G20 Countries: G20 Countries responsible for about 75% of the world’s GHG emissions, shows the UK (7th), India (10th), Germany (13th), and France (17th) are four G20 countries among the high-performers.

Performance other big Emitters – China & the USA: China is the current biggest polluter and figured at 37th position, falling down three spots since last year, while the second highest current emitter -- US -- was at the 55th spot in the CCPI 2022.

The CCPI looks at four categories, with 14 indicators:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions (40 per cent of the overall score)
  • Renewable energy (20 per cent)
  • Energy use (20 per cent)
  • Climate policy (20 per cent)

India’s Performance

  • India has retained its top 10 spot in the best performing countries for the third year in a row in the global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).
  • India maintained a strong performance like last year. The performance ‘high’ in the GHG emissions, energy use and climate policy categories, and medium in renewable energy.
  • India “is already on track to meet its 2030 emissions target (which is compatible with a well-below-2°C scenario), close to achieving its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target of a 40% share for non-fossil fuel installed power capacity by 2030, and on course for a targeted 33–35% reduction in energy intensity by the same year” said the report.