Australia has has ranked ahead of only Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe and released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun

The index compares 57 countries which account for more than 90 per cent of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions.

Australia ranks worst among the 30 OECD countries with New Zealand in 20th position.

Saudi Arabia, Australia and Iran have the worst emissions trends measured over the last five years.

The best performing counties were Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom. But the report points out that even if all countries performed as well as these, it would be insufficient to prevent dangerous climate change.

The report noted that China is now one of the leading countries with respect to national policy.  China’s encouraging policies include a national, binding energy intensity reduction target, stricter fuel efficiency standards and extremely supportive policies for renewable energy development.

The full report is at www.germanwatch.org/klima/ccpi11.pdf