Greece Jumps 10 Positions in Germanwatch Climate Change Performance Index

November 12, 2021

ATHENS – Greece has jumped 10 places to rank 24th among 60 countries in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index 2022 issued by Germanwatch, CAN International and the NewClimate Institute. The index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 60 countries and the European Union.

The EU Has slipped six places in the rankings since the previous year.

The factors that contributed to Greece rising from 34th to 24th in the list included a programme to phase out lignite coal, the new climate law announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his speech at the COP26 in Glasgow, Greece’s revised National Plan for Energy and Climate designed to adapt to the more ambitious EU emissions targets for 2030, a programme subsidising the purchase of electric vehicles and legislation on forests.

The Climate Change Performance Index compares 60 countries and the EU in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy sources, energy use and climate policy, thus providing a comprehensive overview of the current efforts and progress of the countries analysed. Besides, it measures how well countries are on track to meet the global goals of the Paris Agreement by evaluating the current status and future targets of each category with reference to a well-below 2°C pathway.

According to the authors of the report, no country achieved a satisfactory performance in all these areas and, for this reason, they left the first three places in the ranking empty. So highest-placed Denmark ranks fourth, followed by Sweden and Norway, while the oil-producing countries Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan rank last.

“No country performs well enough in all CCPI index categories to achieve an overall very high rating. The first three positions in the overall ranking therefore remain empty. This says a great deal. Even if all countries were as committed as the current frontrunners, it would still not be enough to prevent dangerous climate change,” the authors noted, adding that the countries with high rankings have no reason “to sit back and relax” as even greater efforts are needed to stay on track and keep global warming under 2C.


PARIS – Vangelis Papathanassiou, best known internationally as Vangelis, passed away on May 17 at the age of 79, Kathimerini reported.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission, TNH’s New Travel Documentary Series with Clelia Charissis (Trailer)

Every weekend, TNH and Clelia Charissis are on a mission, traveling around Greece and the world to highlight places through the people we meet along the way.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.