Germany is catching up in terms of climate protection

In the race for the best climate protection, Germany has shortened the gap to the top group of Scandinavian countries a little.

Glasgow – In the new Climate Protection Index 2022, the Federal Republic is in 13th place – better than it has been in eight years (previous year: 19th place). The ranking was presented on Tuesday by environmental organizations at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow.

It compares the efforts of the largest emitters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. In addition, it is assessed to what extent the states are on the right path to achieve the climate target agreed in Paris in 2015 – that is, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees as far as possible compared to the pre-industrial era. The index was submitted by Germanwatch, the NewClimate Institute and the Climate Action Network.

Denmark, Sweden and Norway occupy positions four to six in the index – mainly thanks to great progress in the expansion of renewable energies and good climate policy. Places one to three remain vacant again, “because no country is actually on a 1.5-degree path yet,” as it was said.

At the end of the table, according to the associations, there are “the biggest brakes”: Australia with the worst possible rating 0.0 – even behind Brazil and Algeria. But five EU states are also in the lowest category of “very bad” when it comes to climate policy: These are Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. (dpa)

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