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Climate Change in the New Year


Photo by Germanwatch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network via YubaNet


The dawn of 2022 fosters continued anxiety and a new sense of urgency when it comes to climate change. A productive way to approach climate change in the new year is to focus on the definable metrics, as outlined in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).

Developed in 2005 by Germanwatch, The CCPI is an annual publication that details how roughly 60 countries are contributing to global climate change.

The Index includes categories such as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, Renewable Energy, Energy Use and Climate Policy. The 2022 CCPI results reveal that no country performs well enough in all index categories to achieve an overall “very high” rating, meaning those countries that ranked highest still have a lot of work to do.

Scandinavia, the UK, and Morocco take the lead in the 2022 ranking primarily due to their emphasis on, and efforts towards, Renewable Energy.

While the US scored “very low” for the categories of GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy, and Energy Use categories, its score in the Climate Policy category was boosted to “medium” as a result of the US rejoining the Paris Agreement in 2021. To see how other countries ranked, download the CCPI 2022 Report here: Climate Change Performance Index


Citations

1) “About CCPI”, Germanwatch, Climate Change Performance Index

2) “The Climate Change Performance Index 2022: Results”, Germanwatch, 11/2021, The Climate Change Performance Index 2022: Results

3) “The Climate Change Performance Index 2022”, YubaNet.com, 11/09/2021, The Climate Change Performance Index 2022 – YubaNet

4) Climate Change Performance Index Official Page, Germanwatch, Climate Change Performance Index


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