Under the Paris Agreement, climate action was anchored in the context of international law. This requires countries to make their own unique contribution to the prevention of dangerous climate change. The next crucial step to follow this agreement is the rapid implementation by the signing parties of concrete measures to make their individual contributions to the global goal. For the past 12 years, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) has been keeping track of countries’ efforts in combating climate change. The varying initial positions, interests and strategies of the numerous countries make it difficult to distinguish their strengths and weaknesses and the CCPI has been an important tool in contributing to a clearer understanding of national and international climate policy. India ranks 20th among 58 countries on the 2017 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The index is released by Germanwatch, an independent German NGO and Climate Action Network Europe.
Highlights of 2017 CCPI
First three spots with rating “Very good” has been left blank.
France is ranked 4th in the list.
Saudi Arabia is the worst performer at 61st position.
USA: 43; China 48
Report points out , for a stable decarbonisation of the global energy sector, two components play a crucial role: A shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy and an increase in energy efficiency. In both of these areas, positive developments can already be observed.