Our world is characterized by fast moving geopolitical and natural changes and the scenarios drawn by climate change specialists are alarming. If we want to avoid dangerous climate change and its ample consequences for creatures all over the world, it is necessary to take action right now. Awareness of the danger is growing and with the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, also evidence has grown once more that fossil fuels such as coal have to be left in the ground in order to minimize those threats. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) since 10 years now, keeps on working to bring awareness forward. Since 2005, the CCPI has been contributing to a clearer understanding of national and international climate policy. The various initial positions, interests, and strategies of the numerous countries make it hard to distinguish their strengths and weaknesses. The CCPI is an important tool to address this.
To demonstrate existing measures more accurately and to encourage steps towards effective climate policy, the CCPI methodology was evaluated in 2012 and improvements have since been made. The integration of data on emissions from deforestation was one of the major steps in this process, made possible due to the data provided by the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2011. Alongside energy-based emissions, deforestation is another important source of anthropogenic CO2. By including emissions from deforestation, we can now present a more complete view of man-made impacts on the world’s climate.