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Telling Numbers: Denmark, Sweden lead the way in climate change performance

In the overall rankings, India is at number 10 with a score of 69.22. It is a high performer except in the renewable energy category, in which it is ranked “medium”. The report says that India is benefiting from its relatively low per-capita emissions.

A person walks at the venue of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 9, 2021. (Reuters)

The 17th edition of the Climate Change Performance Index, compiled by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute, and the Climate Action Network, was released on Tuesday.

The index, which monitors climate mitigation progress of 60 countries and the European Union, places three Scandinavian countries on top, while countries such as Morocco and the UK are also ranked high.

The first three ranks of the overall rankings were kept empty because no country had performed well enough in all index categories to achieve an overall very high rating. The first three ranks in the greenhouse gas emissions category, too, were kept empty.

In the overall rankings, India is at number 10 with a score of 69.22. It is a high performer except in the renewable energy category, in which it is ranked “medium”. The report says that India is benefiting from its relatively low per-capita emissions.

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The first three ranks of the overall rankings were kept empty.

In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, Sweden, Egypt, Chile and the UK are in the top 7. India is ranked 10 here, too, with a score of 31.42.

Scandinavian countries such as Sweden achieved the best results because of their “outstanding” effort on renewable energy, Germanwatch said. Iran and Russia are ranked the lowest in this category.

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Overall, Australia, South Korea and Russia and the United States are among the lowest performing countries along with Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

China is ranked 37 overall and has an overall rating of “low”.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article erroneously mentioned figures from the 2021 report. The same has been updated.

First published on: 10-11-2021 at 08:59:21 am
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