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Published on December 21st, 2012 | by Anneli Hidalgo


Nordic countries ranked high in new report

In the recent report, Climate Change Performance Index, Denmark and Sweden both get top-ranked as the most eco-friendly countries in the world.

The eighth annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), which was published at the Doha climate talks by Germanwatch and the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, ranks the climate protection performance of the 58 highest emitters worldwide. The report assesses countries based on CO2-emissions, sustainable energy, energy efficiency, as well as environmentally-friendly policies. For the first time, the index used deforestation data, which resulted in a rankings drop of countries with high forest emissions such as Brazil and Indonesia.

Once again, no country made it into the first three spots on the list due to a lack of ambition to reach the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degree Celsius. Denmark is this year’s best performer and ranks 4th behind the top three empty positions, with Sweden and Portugal close behind. While Denmark and Sweden show better policy ratings and relatively low emissions, Portugal’s high rank is mainly derived from lower emissions due to the economic crisis.

Norway has, after Iceland, the 2nd highest share of renewable energies of total primary energy supply. Almost all of its electricity is produced from renewable energy sources. Despite that, Norway has dramatically increased its electricity and heat production from natural gas. The consequence is the 54th rank in the emissions development sub-category. Due to this, and a worsened policy rating, Norway has dropped 11 places and is now ranked 28th.

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