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Belgium slips further down the Climate Change Performance Index

Belgium has dropped 9 places in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index. Last year Belgium was 40th in the ranking of 60 countries. In this year’s index Belgium is 49th. The results of the 2021 Climate Change Performance Index were announced at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) has been monitoring the climate protection performance of 60 countries, as well as the EU as a whole, since 2005. The countries that are monitored are responsible for 92% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The CCPI has shown a worsening in Belgium’s performance in recent years.

By dropping a further 9 places in the ranking, Belgium is lagging behind the average for the EU as a whole and even scores worse than countries like India and China. Meanwhile, all our neighbours (the UK, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany) are all in the CCPI’s top 20. The Scandinavian countries scored the best.

Energy use is one area in which Belgium performs particularly poorly. In the CCPI’s Energy Use category Belgium fell 13 places. Belgium also performed poorly in the Renewable energy and Climate Policy categories.

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