Sweden, Morocco and Lithuania are at the top of the ranking in terms of climate performance, according to Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019.
The group of performing countries includes France, Mexico, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute and the Climate Action Network (CAN) have left the top three spots on the empty Climate Change Performance Index podium, highlighting the lack of political will by most governments to bring fossil fuels up to the required pace.
The ranking is defined by the recorded performance of the different countries in 14 indicators, across 4 categories: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.
Saudi Arabia and the United States occupy the last places of this index, being poorly rated in all compartments of the assessment (greenhouse gas emissions, energy use …).
Saudi Arabia and the United States, the last of the class
Saudi Arabia and the United States are the least committed countries in the fight against climate change, according to a report by NGOs Germanwatch and Climate Action Network, and the New Climate Institute, published on the sidelines of the 24th Conference of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland.
This “Climate Change Performance Index” shows that only a few countries have started to implement strategies to limit warming well below + 2 °C or + 1.5 °C, as foreseen by the Paris Agreement.
He points out that, “despite the growth and competitiveness of renewable energies, most governments lack the political will to get fossil fuels out of pace.”