Environmental Performance Index

Environmental Performance Index was first published in 2006 as a Pilot EPI. Up till now it has been published thrice and the last was published in 2010. It uses the objective parameters of ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH and ECOSYSTEM VITALITY and is based upon 25 elements. These elements are listed here:

 

1. Environmental Burden of Disease

2. Adequate Sanitation

3. Drinking Water

4. Indoor Air Pollution

5. Urban Particulates

6. Local Ozone

7. Regional Ozone

8. Sulfur Dioxide Emissions

9. Water Quality Index

10. Water Stress

11. Conservation Risk Index

12. Effective Conservation

13. Critical Habitat Protection

14. Marine Protected Areas

15. Growing Stock

16. Marine Trophic Index

17. Trawling Intensity

18. Irrigation Stress

19. Agricultural Subsidies

20. Intensive Cropland

21. Burnt Land Area

22. Pesticide Regulation

23. Emissions per capita

24. Emissions per electricity generated

25. Industrial carbon intensity

 

  • Please note that EPI is released at World Economic Forum by Yale University and Columbia University.
  • The 2010 ranking is topped by Iceland.

Why Iceland is on top?

Because, Iceland makes high scores on environmental public health, gets virtually all of its power from renewable sources (hydropower and geothermal energy) and its control of greenhouse gas emissions.

However, in 2008, Switzerland was on top and in 2006 New Zealand was on top slot.

The 2010, top 10 countries are as follows:

  1.  
  2. Iceland 93.5
  3. Switzerland 89.1
  4. Costa Rica 86.4
  5. Sweden 86.0
  6. Norway 81.1
  7. Mauritius 80.6
  8. France 78.2
  9. Austria 78.1
  10. Cuba 78.1
  11. Colombia 76.8

 

  • India’s EPI Rank was 123 with EPI score of 48.3. Pakistan follows India with 48.0 score and China precedes India with a score of 49.0. LINK

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