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Denmark tops Climate Change Performance Index

Launched at COP27, Denmark is once again top of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). Denmark’s role as a progressive climate policy player and a global force within renewable energy production has been a catalyst in securing the consecutive spot as a global green frontrunner.
16 November 2022
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Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI):

The aim of the Climate Change Performance Index is to create transparency in climate policy, making it possible to compare climate protection efforts and see progress and setbacks.

The CCPI uses a standardized framework to compare the climate performance of 59 countries and the EU. The climate protection performance is assessed in four categories: GHG emissions, Renewable Energy, Energy Use and Climate Policy.

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With the threat of the climate crisis, the need to reduce and limit global warming has never been more crucial. With the Paris Agreement as a goal, countries from across the globe will have to show action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are responsible for climate change.

As an independent monitoring tool, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) has a leading role in informing on the Paris Agreement’s implementation phase. Since 2005, the CCPI has provided an analysis by comparing the climate protection performance of the EU and 59 countries, which together accounts for 92% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Denmark tops the list – but work is still to be done

With a vacant top three on the CCPI, Denmark ranks fourth in this year’s CCPI and is therefore once again the frontrunner with the overall highest rating of all countries on the list.

As in the previous year’s CCPI, Denmark receives high ratings in GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy, and Climate Policy categories, while only receiving mediocre ratings in energy usage.

The CCPI experts mention Denmark’s role as a progressive player in climate policy, with a top ranking in both international and national climate policy. Especially the CO2 tax and the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance is deemed a good start.

CCPI experts also note, that while Denmark is making progress in reaching its ambitious target of achieving a 70% emission reduction by 2030, work is still to be done, and the effort is still not sufficient.

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