German climate monitoring organizations Germanwatch and New Climate Institute together with the international Climate Action Network released the latest Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) surveying the progress achieved over the past year in reducing the effects of climate change. The 2018 yearbook, for the 13th year, assessed the state of the global climate, with new additions and slight changes meant to enable a more comprehensive analysis, it assessed the achievements of 56 countries and the EU on the basis of their stated climate policies and the actual steps taken. In addition to comparing the countries to each other, the CCPI also measured their performance according to the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

This assessment considered three key categories “GHG Emissions”, “Renewable Energy”, and “Energy Use”, as well as whether their current targets and actions were sufficient to ensure staying below a 2C rise in temperature. The yearbook ranked the various countries according to their performance, noting that Sweden led the group, coming in 4th as the first three spots are reserved for truly exceptional performance that no country has yet to display, in its climate-forward policy and comparably high performance in the emissions category.Among the other leaders, the CCPI included: Lithuania, Morocco, Norway, the UK, and Finland.

In addition to these rankings, the CCPI yearbook also features an overview of the past year in climate policy and action, observing key developments that have markedly shifted discussion and guided progress. These developments are:

  • “Investments in renewable energies continue to dominate the new investments in the energy system worldwide.”,
  • “The global reaction to Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Agreement has so far made the other countries present a united front in holding on to the goals of the Agreement.”,
  • “One of the key tasks of ongoing climate negotiations is to establish an “ambition mechanism”, thus continuously raising ambition in order to close the remaining gap between the countries‘ emissions reduction targets and the global limit for temperature rise.”,
  • and “Countries have to prove consistency in implementing necessary policies to reach national mitigation targets and raise ambition in adapting their targets to what would be well-below-2°C or 1.5°C compatible”.


Find the full yearbook along with in-depth graphs and detailed descriptions of the various countries’ progress at Germanwatch’s website 

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