Denmark back amongst world leaders in new climate change ranking

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Denmark back amongst world leaders in new climate change ranking
Danish politicians present a proposed climate law in September 2019. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark has put several years of mediocre rankings behind it to move up to second place in the annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).


Higher ambitions on conversion to green energy are behind Denmark’s improved position, according to the authors of the 2020 edition of the Index, which was released on Tuesday at the COP25 summit in Madrid.

The ranking is based on assessments by climate-focused NGOs.

Denmark moved up ten places from last year’s ranking to second spot on the 2019 edition, which is topped for the third consecutive year by Sweden. 57 countries in total are included in the list.

“Denmark is a rare example of a country that is actually doing something,” Nicklas Höhne, founder of the thinktank NewClimate Institute, told Politiken.

“This target to reduce climate change by 70 percent is exactly the type of high ambition which is needed,” he added.


Although many various global climate rankings can be found, CCPI is broadly considered one of the most thoroughly-prepared. It is produced by NewClimate Institute and GermanWatch along with the world’s largest network of climate NGOs., Climate Action Network

The index collates assessments of factors including the use of sustainable energy, greenhouse gas emissions and political action.

The latter of these factors was key in hauling Denmark towards the top of the list, with a 24-place improvement to number 6 for the category.

The government’s stated target of a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 was, in turn, a reason for the high rating here.

Denmark is used to being near the top of the list, but fared relatively poorly in recent years. The Nordic nation topped the ranking every year from 2012 to 2016, before falling to 10th in the 2017 edition. It then rated 14th and 12th in the following two years.


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