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Climate Change Performance Index, 2021


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)

Mains level: Not Much

The 17th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2021 was released recently.

It’s a very rare feat that India has performed so better in any climate-related index. We can use this data to highlight India’s dedicated efforts for Paris Agreement.

About CCPI

  • The CCPI is an independent monitoring tool for tracking countries’ climate protection performance. It has been published annually since 2005.
  • It is compiled by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute, and the Climate Action Network.
  • It evaluates 57 countries and the European Union, which together generate 90%+ of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Parameters of the index

  • The CCPI looks at four categories, with 14 indicators: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (40% of the overall score), Renewable Energy (20%), Energy Use (20%), and Climate Policy (20%).
  • The CCPI’s unique climate policy section evaluates countries’ progress in implementing policies working towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals.

Highlights of the 2021 report

  • The first three ranks of the overall rankings were kept empty because no country had performed well enough in all index categories to achieve an overall very high rating.
  • The 2021 report places Sweden on top, while countries such as Morocco and the UK are also ranked high.
  • The bottom-ranked country, the United States, therefore, was placed at 61.

Low performers

  • Iran and Russia are ranked the lowest in this category.
  • Overall, Australia, South Korea and Russia are among the lowest performing countries along with Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.
  • China is ranked 33 overall and has an overall rating of “low”.

India’s performance

  • In the overall rankings, India is at number 10 with a score of 63.98.
  • It is a high performer except in the renewable energy category, in which it is ranked “medium”.
  • The report says that India is benefiting from its relatively low per-capita emissions.
  • In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, Sweden, Egypt, Chile and the UK are in the top 7. India is ranked 12.


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