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India ranked at the bottom in the Environmental Performance Index 2022.Denmark, United Kingdom and Finland respectively bagged the first three positions in the biennial index which is considered to be the most accurate report cataloguing 180 nations based on its efforts to address environmental challenges.
“The 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world. Using 40 performance indicators across 11 issue categories, the EPI ranks 180 countries on climate change performance, environmental health, and ecosystem vitality,” states the report prepared by Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Center for International Earth Science Information Network Earth Institute, Columbia University.
India’s performance in the EPI index has been declining for the past years. From the 168th position in 2020, India’s rank deteriorated to 177th position in 2021 and in 2022 it became one of the worst-performing nations in the realm of “environmental health, protecting ecosystem vitality and mitigating climate change” and ranked at the bottom in the overall list.
The index uses 40 performance indicators covering 11 issue categories which “provide a way to spot problems, set targets, track trends, understand outcomes, and identify best policy practices.” The index is a collaborative work between World Economic Forum and Yale University, launched in 2002.
The latest report says, “India ranks at the bottom of all countries in the 2022 EPI, with low scores across a range of critical issues. Deteriorating air quality and rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions pose especially urgent challenges.”
“India scores below the average of all countries. Furthermore, it has not increased as much as the average of all countries,” the report states.