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Global Climate Change Performance Index 2020

In the latest Global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released in Germany, India remains in the top 10 for the second year. China being the biggest current emitter of GHG figures at 33rd rank. At the bottom of the list comes USA, the largest historical polluter. Chile, the new comer in CCPI ranks 11th with an overall high performance.

Global Climate Change Performance Index 2020


  • The CCPI currently evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 57 countries including the European Union (EU) , together responsible for more than 90 % of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • It further aims to enhance transparency in international climate politics apart from comparison of climate protection efforts and progress being made by the individual countries.

Around 80 % of the assessment of countries՚ performance is based on quantitative data taken from:

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) .
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) .
  • National GHG inventories submitted to the UNFCCC.

The categories “GHG Emissions,” “Renewable Energy” and “Energy Use” are each defined by four indicators:

  • Current Level.
  • Past Trend (5-year Trend) .
  • Well-Below-2°C Compatibility of the Current Level.
  • Well-Below-2°C Compatibility of the Countries՚ 2030 Target.
Components of the CCPI


The climate change performance is assessed in four categories:

  • “GHG Emissions” (40 % of overall score)
  • “Renewable Energy” (20 % of overall score)
  • “Energy Use” (20 % of overall score)
  • “Climate Policy” (20 % of overall score)

Key Results Overall Rating

  • No country performs well enough in all index categories.
  • Only two G-20 countries rank among high performers (UK and India) .
  • Eight G-20 countries rank under very low performers.
  • In EU country, Poland supersedes Ireland as the worst performing country.
  • Eight EU countries rank under high performers.
  • As a whole EU falls six places and ranks under the group of medium performers.

Recent Developments

  • Enhancing ambition and accelerating action by 2020.
    • So far vulnerable countries set the pace.
  • Magnitude of global climate crisis.
    • More events clearly show that climate-related risks are heavily impacting the most vulnerable.
  • Change is coming.
    • The ending economic viability of conventional fossil fuels.
  • Shifting the trillions.
    • Important signals for reform of the finance sector.
  • Looking ahead.
    • Transformative partnerships for implementing the Paris Agreement.

Factors Limiting the Comparability Across CCPI Editions

  • Revision of Historic Data in Databases
  • Survey Respondents
  • Methodological Changes

- Published/Last Modified on: May 21, 2021

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