India was ranked 31 in terms of its performance in tackling climate change among the world’s top 58 emitters of greenhouse gases.
“India climbs five places 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 40per cent,” said the Climate Change Performance Index 2015 report by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe.
Australia was the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014, the report says.
The report by two non-government organisations said the poor ranking was due in part to policy changes made by the current coalition government.
The Climate Change Performance Index ranks emissions and climate policies of the 58 highest CO2 emitters worldwide.
It ranked Denmark as the best performing nation, followed by Sweden and the UK. Saudi Arabia ranked last on the index.
It said Australia’s conservative government had kept its election promises to reverse a number of climate policies.
“As a result, the country lost a further 21 positions in the policy evaluation compared with last year (2013), thus replacing Canada as the worst performing industrial country,” the report said.
The report was released within the confines of the UN climate talks in Lima at the start of the second week of negotiations.
The talks are aiming to establish the draft text of a new international climate change agreement to be signed by all countries at the next major talks in Paris in late 2015.
The index covers the performance of countries across five areas – the level of emissions, the trends in emissions, energy efficiency, renewable energy policies and the approach to climate change at national and international levels.
Last month a UN environment programme report named Australia alongside Canada, the US and Mexico as the only countries that were likely to miss their current 2020 targets to cut emissions.
The 2014 Emissions Gap report said the scrapping of Australia’s carbon price meant the country was “no longer on track” to meet its target to cut emissions by 5 per cent by 2020.
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