Denmark ranks number one when it comes to CO2 emissions, sustainable energy, energy efficiency as well as environmentally- friendly policies. That is the result of the report ‘Climate Change Performance Index’ which was released at the COP19 in Warsaw.
An ambitious energy policy and high energy efficiency stand out as some of the main reasons for the top ranking. Furthermore, Denmark has managed to slightly improve its score in nearly every sector compared to the previous year.
“It is a remarkable recognition of the Danish efforts in the energy sector. Even though Danes use energy like other developed countries, we do it much more efficiently – and we have a clear direction for the transformation of our energy sector. It is also obvious that CO2 emissions from our electricity and heat production are important factors that bring Denmark upwards in the index. In this area, we have improved significantly,” concludes Charlotte Søndergren, Head of Department at the Danish Energy Association.
About the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)
The CCPI is an instrument designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. It aims to put political and social pressure on those countries which, up until now, have failed to take ambitious action on climate protection. It also aims to highlight those countries with best-practice climate policies.
On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries which collectively are responsible for more than 90 per cent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
See all the 2014 results here.