Climate Change Performance Index — India Moved to 8th from Last Year's 10th Position

In recently released Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), India has moved at 8th position from last year's rank of 10. India has achieved this position in the ongoing ranking of 63 countries. This ranking has been given to India on the basis of its low emissions and increasing use of renewable energy.

Denmark and Sweden remain the top-ranked countries. The Top 3 spots remain empty again no country in the is combatting Climate Change sufficiently.

This ranking has been prepared by tracking the climate performance of the European Union and 59 countries, which are responsible for more than 92% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

In this year’s CCPI rankings, the US is at 52nd, Canada at 58th, Russia at 59th and which is included in very low category in performance. Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan ranked last, in the index.

India rises two spots to rank 8th in this year’s CCPI. The country is among the high performing countries in the index. India earns a high rating in the Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions and Energy Use categories, with a medium for Climate Policy and Renewable Energy. The country is on track to meet its 2030 emissions targets (compatible with a well-below-2°C scenario). However, the renewable energy pathway is not on track for the 2030 target.

Since the last CCPI, India has updated its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and announced a net-zero target for 2070.

The Climate Change Performance Index is published annually since 2005. This ranking tracks the efforts made by different countries to deal with climate change.

Key Points of Climate Change Performance Index Report:
  • This report has been prepared by Germanwatch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network. This ranking is based on how well these countries are performing to reduce their emissions by 2030. 
  • There is no country in the first three places in this ranking, because "no country has performed well enough in all index categories to earn an overall high rating"
  • Denmark has been placed at the fourth position in this ranking, followed by Sweden and Chile
  • China, which is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, has dropped 13 places to 51st position in this year's CCPI ranking.

Climate Change Performance Index 2023 - Rating Table (Top 10)

ranking      Country   Score 
About the performance of G20 countries in the CCPI Index report, India (8th), United Kingdom (11th), and Germany (16th) are the only three G20 countries among the high performers in CCPI 2023. Apart from these, the performance of 12 countries of G20 group is not good enough. 

G20 countries emit more than 75% of greenhouse gas emissions, on the basis of this it can be said that the responsibility of G20 countries increases even more. Canada, Russia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are among the worst performing countries of the G20.

The CCPI evaluates 59 countries and the European Union, which together generate 90%+ of global greenhouse gas emissions. Using standardised criteria, 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.

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