By Beth Main.
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China has moved up three rankings on the international Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) to 54th place and is now hot on the heels of neighbouring Taiwan, currently in 52nd place. Taiwan will need to address its renewable energy production if it wishes to strike out ahead and widen the gap between itself and the looming carbon giant over the water.
The Index is ranked according to a country’s performance across five indicators: emissions level (30%), emissions development (30%), renewable energy (10%), efficiency (10%) and policy (20%). Taiwan lost out in the renewable energy category, scoring only 2.2 points. The government will need to do more in the next year to move up in the rankings. If not, then the unthinkable could happen according to Hsieh Ying-shih, chairman of Taiwan’s Environmental Quality Protection Foundation:
“Unless the government presents a more powerful approach in combating climate change, we may fall behind China on the global ranking in the near future.”
Denmark came out top in 4th place, closely followed by Sweden and Portugal, while Saudi Arabia came in last. America took a modest 43rd, with Japan in 47th place. The Index results were announced on Monday at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is taking place in Doha, Qatar.
The top three spots were not filled as no country is doing enough yet according to Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe the organisers of the Index which has been conducted annually since 2006. According to their website ‘the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are, together, responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.’