Cyprus rises seven spots to 35th in this year’s CCPI, remaining among the low-performing countries. Like last year, Cyprus earns a medium in the Renewable Energy, Energy Use, and Climate Policy categories. In GHG Emissions it receives a low. The main improvements over last year can be found in Renewable Energy and Energy Use.
Cyprus is exploring new gas and oil reserves along its shores. Considering the need to keep fossil fuel in the ground, rather than developing new fossil fuel infrastructure Cyprus should focus on developing renewable energy and lowering its GHG emissions.
Cyprus is vulnerable to climate change impacts
Cyprus submitted its National Energy and Climate Plans to the European Union in January 2020. It has pledged to increase its share of renewable energy to at least 23% by 2030. As the country is currently only covering 10.24% of its energy use with renewables, it clearly needs to accelerate growth of its renewable capacity. Cyprus will receive €101 million from the EU to help with its energy transition process.
Owing to its geographical location where it receives low rainfall, Cyprus is vulnerable to drought and hot weather events. Recent studies have found that the Eastern Mediterranean is one of the most vulnerable regions for climate change effects.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.