Australia Worst C02 Emitter Among Industrialized Countries

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Australia has been placed as the worst greenhouse gas emitter among industrialized countries in a list of the world's 58 biggest C02 emitters.

The Climate Change Performance Index published by two non-government organizations on the sidelines of climate talks in Peru on Monday attributes the poor ranking to the new conservative Australian government's reversal of the climate policies. As a result, the country lost further 21 positions in the policy evaluation compared to last year, thus replacing Canada as the worst performing industrial country.

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), published annually by German think tank Germanwatch and CAN Europe, evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries, which together are responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.

Denmark remains on top of the CCPI table with ambitious renewable energy and emissions reduction policies.

Canada, Russia, South Korea and Japan are the other major industrialized nations in the bottom line.

Japan slipped in ranking from 50th place last year to 53rd place, due to its increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

The United States and China, whose share in global CO2 emissions amounts to 38 percent, are placed 44th and 45th respectively.

In recent years, US has been reducing transport emissions, albeit from a very high level. Although the policy grade for the transport sector is relatively poor, emissions have been decreasing since 2008.

China's efficiency scores are improving rapidly. Most recent developments indicate China's decade long coal boom seems to be over, offering new hope for global climate protection.

"Many EU countries ranked high this year, but others, like Poland (Rank 40) and Bulgaria (Rank 41) scored poorly because of their opposition to further steps nationally and in the EU," explains Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe.

India climbed five places in the index, and continues to profit from the very low level of per capita emissions, but overall CO2 emissions have risen constantly over the past five years to about 40 percent, according to research results announced at the UN Climate Conference in Lima.

One of the biggest winners in the new Index is Morocco. It jumped to the Top Ten because of its extraordinary renewables policy. With a very good international climate policy evaluation, Mexico also ranks among the Top 20.

Saudi Arabia's high emission levels remain unchanged compared to previous years, placing the kingdom once again at the bottom of the rankings.

Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates, giving some reason to hope for limiting climate change, says Jan Burck (Germanwatch), author of the Index. "The rise of emissions has slowed down, and renewables are rapidly growing due to declining costs and massive investments."

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