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Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019

Topics covered:

  1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.


Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019


What to study?

  • For Prelims: About CCPI- features, criteria and performance of various countries.
  • For Mains: Concerns for India, areas for improvement and the need for government’s active involvement in controlling climate change.


Context: The 2019 edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) has been released.


About CCPI:

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an instrument covering 58 countries and supposed to enhance transparency in international climate politics.

Its aim is to encourage political and social pressure on those countries which have, up to now, failed to take ambitious actions on climate protection as well as to highlight countries with best-practice climate policies.

Evaluation: On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are, together, responsible for more than 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. 80% of the evaluation is based on objective indicators of emissions trend and emissions level. 20% of the index results are built upon national and international climate policy assessments by more than 200 experts from the respective countries.


Highlights of the report:

  • Only few countries have started working towards limiting global warming below 2°C or even at 1.5°C.
  • Globally, Sweden is in top position, followed by Morocco and Lithuania in the CCPI 2019.
  • The bottoms five in the list are Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea and Taiwan.


India’s Performance:

India ranks 11th in this year’s CCPI, improving its standing by three places compared to the previous edition.


Sources: the hindu.