Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Perspective

BENCHMARKING & BEST PRACTICES

  • In 2017, the methodology of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI ) was revised to fully incorporate the 2015 Paris Agreement, a milestone in inter- national climate negotiations with the goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C or even to 1.5°C.
  • Since then, the CCPI includes an assessment of the well-below 2°C compatibility of countries’ current performances and their own targets (as formulated in their Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs).
  • Within the quantitative index cate- gories – “GHG Emissions”, “Renewable Energy” and “Energy Use” – current performance and the respective 2030 target are evaluated in relation to their country-specific well- below-2°C pathway. For the well-below-2°C pathways, ambitious benchmarks are set for each category, guided by the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • The three benchmarks are: nearly zero GHG emissions (taking into account country-specific pathways, which give develop- ing countries more time to reach this goal); 100% energy from renewable sources; and keeping to today’s average global energy use per capita levels and not increasing beyond.
  • The CCPI compares where countries actually are today with where they should be to meet the ambitious benchmarks. Following a similar logic, the CCPI evaluates the countries’ own 2030 targets by comparing these to the same benchmarks.

BEST SOLUTIONS AFFECT BETTER OUTCOMES

BEST SOLUTIONS AFFECT BETTER OUTCOMES