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World’s best and worst performing countries in tackling climate change, 2017

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World’s best and worst performing countries in tackling climate change, 2017

Out of the 58 most polluting nations in the world, France has been ranked 4th (highest) in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 compiled by Climate Action Network Europe (CANE) and German NGO, Germanwatch.  The performance of the world’s top two largest emitters, USA (43rd place) and China (48th place), is still rated “poor”.

The report did not place any countries in the top 3 slots for being “very good”, but France was ranked the highest, followed by Sweden, the UK, Cyprus and Morocco, while Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Belgium and Denmark completed the top 10.

Other notables included India (rank 20), Germany (rank 29), Finland (rank 31), South Africa (rank 32), Norway (rank 38), Iceland (rank 39), Brazil (rank 40), the US (rank 43), China (rank 48), Russia (rank 53), Canada (rank 55), Australia (rank 57), Korea (rank 58) and Japan (rank 60).

Canada (55), Iran (56), Australia (57), Korea (58), Kazakhstan (59, Japan (60), and Saudi Arabia (61) are in the bottom group (rated “very poor”) of the index.

The CCPI index rates the climate protection performance of the 58 most polluting countries that account for 90% of carbon dioxide emissions in the world.

The rankings were based on evaluating each country’s emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policies.

World’s best and worst performing countries in tackling climate change, 2017:


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4. France (Score 66.17)
5. Sweden (Score 66.15)
6. United Kingdom (Score 66.10)

7. Cyprus (Score 64.28)
8. Morocco (Score 63.28)

9. Luxembourg (Score 62.86)
10. Malta (Score 62.51)
11. Portugal (Score 62.47)

12. Belgium (Score 62.08)
13. Denmark (Score 61.87)
14. Switzerland (Score 61.66)

15. Latvia (Score 61.20)
16. Italy (Score 60.72)
17. Croatia (Score 60.66)


18. Romania (Score 60.33)
19. Lithuania (Score 59.75)
20. India (Score 59.08)

21. Ireland (Score 59.02)
22. Indonesia (Score 58.86)
23. Egypt (Score 58.75)

24. Czech Republic (Score 58.52)
25. Greece (Score 58.29)
26. Slovak Republic (Score 57.69)

27. Netherlands (Score 57.10)
28. Mexico (Score 57.02)
29. Germany (Score 56.58)

30. Slovenia  (Score 56.55)
31. Finland  (Score 56.2)
32. South Africa (56.17
33. Spain (56.14)


34. Hungary (55.05)
35. Poland (53.68)
36. Argentina (53.15)

37. Bulgaria (53.06)
38. Norway (52.90)
39. Iceland (52.55)

40. Brazil (52.46)
41. Austria (52.00)
42. Thailand (51.91)

43 United States (51.04)
44. Malaysia (50.96)
45. Ukraine (50.88)

46. New Zealand (50.48)
47. Algeria (48.46)
48. China (47.49)
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49. Belarus (46.86)
50. Estonia (46.04)
51. Turkey (45.54)

52. Chinese Taipei (44.76)
53. Russian Federation (44.30)
54. Singapore (43.97)

55. Canada (43.06)
56. Iran (43.05)
57. Australia (40.66

58. Korea (38.11)
59. Kazakhstan (36.87)
60. Japan (35.93)
61. Saudi Arabia (25.45)

best and worst performing countries in tackling climate change, 2017

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