Denmark Leads Climate Change Performance Index  

2014.12.14

For the third consecutive year, Denmark leads the Climate Change Performance Index. An ambitious energy policy, high energy efficiency and a leading position within policy are some of the key reasons.

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The annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. To remind people how much still needs to be done in the global fight against climate change no country has yet achieved one of the first three ranks, but being ranked fourth Denmark once again leads the index.

The CCPI 2015 stresses that Denmark is the best performer when it comes to carbon emissions from electricity and heat production. With a feed-in tariff and an “open door policy” to integrate new renewables into the grid, Denmark has a very progressive electricity sector.

“With positive trends in all of the Index categories and with the leading position in the policy sector, Denmark is once again listed at top of the overall table for the third consecutive year. (…) Denmark sets an example in how industrialized countries can not only promise, but also implement effective climate protection policies” the CCPI 2015 report states.

The ambitions and success of Denmark is also good news for investors. “Danish energy policy is based on a broad political consensus and agreement.  The stability of Denmark’s high ambitions allows for the long term planning necessary for a robust business case. The new CCPI report shows me that we are heading in the right direction, and I sincerely hope that more foreign companies will join us in developing business solutions for the fight against climate change” Peter Plesner, team leader for Cleantech at Invest in Denmark explains.

About the Climate Change Performance Index

The CCPI 2015 is released by the environmental think tank Germanwatch and CAN Europe It is assessing countries based on CO2-emissions, sustainable energy, energy efficiency, as well as environmentally-friendly policies.

On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are together responsible for more than 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Read the report here.
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