Norway falls five places on environmental rating
Norway falls from seventh to twelfth place on a new environmental challenge where Sweden once again thrones at the top.
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) environment is based on continuous monitoring of the country’s climate policy, and it is a concrete tool for following up with the Paris agreement. This year’s environmental rating was presented at the UN’s annual climate conference in Katowice, Poland, Monday.
The CCPI has followed the country’s climate initiative since 2005. Last year, Norway was ranked number seven, but despite good achievements in the Renewable Energy and Climate Policy categories, Norway dropped five places in the ranking of the year.
This is because Norway has no compulsory measures for energy efficiency in the oil industry, which has led to increased emissions after several years of decline. Experts also criticize Norway for not having any plans for oil, and that the country still invests a lot of money in the industry.
No country was ranked top three, as no country was found good enough in all categories. Sweden, which is ranked fourth, will thus top the list this year. The UN as a whole rose from 21th to 16th place.
Germany fell from 22nd to 27th place due to its coal industry, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. The United States also dropped three places from 56th to 59th place due to high emissions and poor climate policy assessments. Saudi Arabia is at the bottom of the list.
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