Low-Carbon Growth Barrels Ahead Despite Copenhagen

Climate-Competiveness Index - Key Clusters

The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index, which tracks nationalprogress to create green jobs and economic growth through low-carboneconomic growth, shows that in spite of uncertainty surroundinginternational climate negotiations, countries have pushed ahead withlow-carbon growth strategies during the first quarter of 2010.

The annual Climate Competitiveness Index (CCI), produced bythe independent non-profit institute AccountAbility in partnership withthe United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),launched today at the Business for Environment summit in South Korea.The 2010 Index analyses 95 countries responsible for 97 percent ofglobal economic activity and 96 percent of global carbon emissions.

The CCI combines two sets of data to investigate “ClimateAccountability” to validate if a country’s climate strategy is clear,ambitious and supported by stakeholders, and “Climate Performance” toconsider each country’s capabilities and track record on delivering itsstrategy.  The CCI finds that despite gaps in performance andaccountability, 46 per cent of countries assessed since the UNFCCCCopenhagen conference in December 2009 have demonstrated someimprovement in climate accountability. Thirty-two countries have madesignificant improvements, with Germany, China and Republic of Koreabeing the outstanding examples. India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, thePhilippines and Rwanda have also enhanced their climate accountability.

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Japan and France show the most consistentprogress on combining accountability and performance. Switzerland andAustria are strong on climate performance, while the UK and USA arestrong on climate accountability. Republic of Korea, Hong Kong andMalaysia are developing good strategies and the BASIC nations (Brazil,South Africa, India and China) are making progressing towards climatecompetitiveness.

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