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Climate Change Performance Index 2020

India, for the first time joins the top ten countries of the world in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The results are largely attributed to efforts made towards bringing down the carbon emissions of the country. On the contrary, USA was included among the worst-performing countries of the world for the first time. The United States was joined by Australia and Saudi Arabia owing to their economies running on the basis of coal industries.

The Report was released at CoP 25 of the Climate Change Conference being held at Madrid, Spain.

Highlights of the report

  • India is ranked 9th in the report released at the Climate Summit.
  • The rankings are given based on 14 standards, divided into 4 different categories.
  • The first three places in the list still lie vacant as no country was able to achieve 100% in all the standards measured. The list has been started form the 4th position bagged by Sweden.
  • Denmark jumps by 10 places to be placed at the 5th position in the report.
  • The CCPI 2019 report said that Climate justice and social justice are the two sides of the same coin.

India Specific Findings:

  • For India, the report states that the current level of per capita emissions and energy use in India ranks ninth in the higher category.
  • However, as per Climate Change Experts, the Indian Government is yet to draw a blueprint to reduce the subsidies provided on fossil fuels, that too in a phased manner.
  • It is recommended that more stringent laws and amendments should be made in the country to achieve the desired climate change targets.

About CCPI
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an instrument designed by the German environmental and development organization Germanwatch e.V. to enhance transparency in international climate politics. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the European Union (EU) (Status 2019), which are together responsible for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Components of CCPI

The Climate Change Performance Index was first published in 2005 and an updated version is presented at the UN Climate Change Conference annually. Germanwatch publishes the index in cooperation with the New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International and with financial support from Barthel Foundation.

SOURCE: The Hindu, Jagran Josh

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