Recognising the urgency to take immediate action in protecting the global climate, the 21st Conference of the Parties, held in December 2015 in Paris, made a ground-breaking achievement in adopting the goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. With its new methodology, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is now suited to measure the progress of countries towards contributing to the climate goals agreed to in Paris. It is applied for the first time for the G20 countries in July 2017 and was now adopted for all 56 countries evaluated in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) and the EU for the CCPI 2018 edition.
The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. Its aim is to put political and social pressure on those countries which have, up until now, failed to take ambitious action on climate protection. It also aims to highlight those countries with best practice climate policies.
The CCPI 2018 (for 56 selected countries and the EU) and the CCPI G20 Edition of July 2017 are the first publications based on a new methodological design. Due to the progressive change in its structure after twelve years of publication in a row, this year’s edition makes it possible to get an even more detailed and relevant reflection about the countries’ efforts towards climate protection after the Paris Agreement of 2015. Covering all GHG emissions as well as now having included the 2030 targets and the 2°C compatibility of both the countries’ current levels and targets in the categories GHG Emissions, Renewable Energies and Energy Use, the Climate Change Performance Index was redesigned to both be more encompassing and to meet the requirements of the new political situation after Paris. Owing to these changes, there is only limited comparability between this year’s results and previous versions of the index. However, we will strive to limit future design changes to the necessary minimum to enable comparability with future editions of the index.