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India amongst top 5 best performing countries on Climate Change

India has been ranked among the top 5 countries in the world and the best among the G20 countries


India has been ranked among the top 5 countries in the world and the best among the G20 countries, based on its performance on Climate Change. India moves up 2 places and is now ranked 8th. According to the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch.  New Climate Institute and Germany-based Climate Action Network International.

India amongst top 5

Latest CICC report, published at COP 27 in November 2022, shows Denmark, Sweden, Chile and Morocco as the only four small countries to rank above India at 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th places respectively. The first, second and third ranks were not awarded to any country. In effect, therefore, India’s ranking is the best among all major economies.

The CCPI aims to improve transparency in international climate policy and allows comparison of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries. Published annually since 2005, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool to track the climate protection performance of 59 countries and the EU. Each year, the CCPI triggers important public and political debates within the countries evaluated.

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Climate protection performance of these 59 countries, which together account for 92% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is assessed in four categories: GHG Emissions (40% of overall score), Renewable Energy ( 20% of overall score), Energy Use (20% of total score), and Climate Policy (20% of total score).

Climate Policy and Renewable Energy

India scored highly in the GHG Emissions and Energy Use categories, while it scored medium in Climate Policy and Renewable Energy. India’s aggressive policies towards rapid deployment of renewable energy and a strong framework for energy efficiency programs have shown considerable impact. According to the CICC report, India is on track to meet its 2030 emissions targets (compatible with a well-below-2°C scenario).

Ranking given by CCPI places India as the only G-20 country in the top 10 rankings. It is worth mentioning here that India will now assume the presidency of the G-20 and it will be an opportune time to show the world its climate mitigation policies, such as the deployment of renewable energy sources and other energy transition programs.

Installing renewable capacity

Union Minister for Energy and New and Renewable Energy R.K. Singh stressed that India’s CICC ranking is a testament to the leadership shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in tackling global climate change despite the pandemic and difficult economic times.

The top 5 ranking globally reflects that India is implementing energy transition programs, such as installing renewable capacity, at a much faster rate than anywhere in the world. He also highlighted several flagship demand-side programmes, such as UJALA, the PAT Scheme and the Standards and Labeling Program, which have contributed significantly to this remarkable achievement.

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