Sweden tops the The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019 followed by Morocco and Lithuania. For the past 14 years, the CCPI has tracked countries’ efforts to combat climate change. The CCPI 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.
Sweden is the best performing country regarding greenhous gas emissions and is performing high in the Renewable Energy category. Sweden is also credited for adopting a long-term target to reach net zero emissions by 2045. However, it is noted that national experts criticize the lack of a clear strategy for achieving the targets. They highlight that, to be in line with a well-below-2°C pathway, Sweden’s emissions would need to reach net zero by 2030 and particularly require a decrease in consumption-based emissions.
Worth noting is that none of the countries performed well enough to reach the ranking “Very high” in this year’s index. This means that no country at this point meets the requirements to limit global warming to below 2, let alone 1.5 ° C.
The Climate Change Performance Index, Results 2019 (pdf)