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India in top 10 in Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)

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  • December 10, 2020
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India in top 10 in Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In news

  • India remains in the top 10 for the second year in a row in the latest global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released in Germany.

Key takeaways

  • China which is also the biggest current emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) figures at 33rd rank.
  • While the USA appears at the bottom of the list.
  • Though India slid one position down from 9th in 2019 to 10th this year, its journey towards climate protection has been consistent with it improving its ranking from 31st in 2014.
  • Globally none of the countries assessed for the annual CCPI report are on the path to meet their Paris Agreement commitment of keeping global warming increase below 2 degree Celsius by the end of the century and restrict it to 1.5 degree Celsius rise.
  • The report shows that only two G20 countries – the UK and India – are among the high rankers.
  • While six other G20 countries – the USA, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Russia (52nd) – are at the bottom of the index.

Do you know?

  • The CCPI is developed by not-for-profit organisations Germanwatch and NewClimate Institute (Germany) together with the Climate Action Network (CAN International).
  • It is an important tool to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables comparison of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries.
  • The latest list is prepared by assessing performances of 57 countries and European Union (as a whole) in four categories – GHG emissions (40%), renewable energy (20%), energy use (20%) and climate policy (20%). 
  • These 57 countries and the EU collectively are responsible for about 90% of global GHG emissions.

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  • More about Climate Change Performance Index: Click here

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