A significant change in the ways our electricity is produced, coal is currently accounting for between 0% to 0.7%. Quite a difference from Germany’s 40% generated electricity from coal on which there’s more on the Germanwatch blog.
A follow up article to yesterday’s report about UK’s wind energy output.
The annual Climate Change Performance Index is published by Germanwatch, a Germany-based policy institute focusing on public policy areas such as, climate change, agriculture, and sustainable development. The UK’s rise up the rankings over recent years is due to it’s investment in renewable technology.
The Climate Change Performance Index for 2017 [shown in full below] reports that the UK dropped from 2nd place to third place. Oddly the index does not award positions from 1 to 3, meaning that the UK drops from 5th to 6th in their 2017 Index. The index surveys the performance of 58 countries, where Germany lies in 29th place, USA in 43rd, and China 48th. You can view recent previous Index reports for 2016, and 2015. Click to expand images.
“We see global trends, indicating promising shifts in some of the most relevant sectors for climate protection”, says Jan Burck (Germanwatch), author of the Index. “The rise of emissions has slowed down, and renewables are rapidly growing due to declining costs and massive investments.”
In some countries like Denmark (Rank 4), Sweden (Rank 5) and the United Kingdom (Rank 6) the result is decreasing emissions.
The UK slipped a place from 2nd the 2014 Index Results due to Sweden’s improvement and overtaking us. Though the UK’s performance marginally improved from 2014. The overall scores of the top ten nations in the 2015 Index Results is,
- Denmark – 77.8
- Sweden – 71.4
- UK – 70.8
- Portugal – 67.26
- Cyprus – 66.99
- Morocco – 65.73
- Ireland – 65.15
- Switzerland – 65.05
- France – 64.11
- Iceland – 63.07
The USA came in at rank position 44 – 52.33, and Canada ranked 58 – 38.81. So, the UK isn’t doing too badly in this Index, which should be encouraging.