The good, the bad and the ugly of Asia's environmental rankings

Date: 
February 20, 2012

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which recognizes economies in the world and their performance in protecting the environment, has ranked Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea as “strong performers” beating out Australia, the United States and even ultra-clean Singapore, all of which could only manage “moderate performance” ratings.  

The biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum ranks ranked India a lowly 125th in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges with China ranked 116th in the Index, reflecting the strain rapid economic growth imposes on the environment in those emerging economies. Switzerland took the top spot.

EPI ranked 132 countries on 22 performance indicators across 10 policy categories under two policy objectives: Environmental Health and Ecosystem Vitality. A higher EPI rank indicates that a country or region is closer to achieving its established goals in environmental policy.

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which recognizes economies in the world and their performance in protecting the environment, has ranked Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea as “strong performers” beating out Australia, the United States and even ultra-clean Singapore, all of which could only manage “moderate performance” ratings.  

The biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum ranks ranked India a lowly 125th in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges with China ranked 116th in the Index, reflecting the strain rapid economic growth imposes on the environment in those emerging economies. Switzerland took the top spot.

EPI ranked 132 countries on 22 performance indicators across 10 policy categories under two policy objectives: Environmental Health and Ecosystem Vitality. A higher EPI rank indicates that a country or region is closer to achieving its established goals in environmental policy.