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Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index

The index assesses which countries are making progress towards achieving a zero-carbon built environment.

The purpose of the index is to highlight which countries are developing the capacity to make progress towards the aspirational goal of a zero-carbon built environment

The Index is based on three measures of energy consumption (in the residential, tertiary and transport sectors, together with an assessment of the decarbonisation of energy supply through the share of renewables in total production and a count of the extent of the policy portfolio aimed at zero-carbon built environments.

  • The 2009 run of the ZC2 Index confirmed the leadership of Norway in meeting this challenge. The UK is ranked third after Brazil, moving up from fourth place last year. The fourth and fifth places this year go to China and Australia.

  • The countries that have made the greatest improvements in their ranking are the Slovak Republic, France, Germany and USA. Analysis of the data for these ‘improvers’ indicates the importance of concerted action across all elements of the index (that is, significant reductions in energy consumption in the residential, tertiary and transport sectors together with substantial investment in renewable energy infrastructure and continued additions to the policy portfolio of zero-carbon built environment measures.

The Index can also be cross-referenced to performance on reducing the carbon intensity of the economy as a whole. This reveals a group of countries that perform relatively well on the ZC2 Index and on carbon intensity: Austria, Brazil, Denmark,
Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK..

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