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Sweden, Denmark and UK Top Climate Change Performance Index

December 10, 2014
Environmental Protection

globeReleased at the UN Climate Conference in Peru, the 2015 Climate Change Performance Index measures the world’s top 58 CO2 emitters based on emission levels, progress in dealing with greenhouse gases, the application of renewable energy and national policy.

Sweden and Denmark lead the way in the latest ratings, with the UK third. At the other end of the table, Saudi Arabia and Australia were judged as the worst performers.

The report was published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. The Australian government has kept its promise to reverse a number of prominent climate policies, resulting in a fall of 21 positions from last year’s index. Speaking in the Guardian newspaper, Jan Burck, report author at Germanwatch, said, “It is interesting that the bottom six countries in the ranking – Russia, Iran, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia and Saudi Arabia – all have a lot of fossil fuel resources. It is a curse. The fossil fuel lobbies in the countries are strong. In Australia they stopped what were some very good carbon laws.” In contrast, Denmark was praised by the authors for its ‘ambitious renewable energy and emissions reduction policies’.

The talks, taking place in Lima, are hoping to produce the draft text for a new international climate change agreement to be signed in Paris next year.

You can view the Climate Change Performance Index 2015 here