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The latest global Environmental Performance Index (EPI) rankings, released on the sidelines of World Economic Forum meet in Davos saw India slip to bottom five in a list of 180 countries. India was placed at 177 position.

Image of India slips to bottom of green ranking at 177

Image of India Slips to Bottom of Green Ranking at 177

Image of India slips to bottom of green ranking at 177

Which Parameters Are Considered in Ranking the Countries?

  • Air Quality (household solid fuels and PM2.5 exposure

  • Water and sanitation

  • Heavy metals and lead exposure

  • Biodiversity and habitat

  • Forests (tree cover loss)

  • Fisheries

  • Climate and energy (CO2, methane and black carbon emissions)

  • Air pollution (SO2 and NOx emission)

  • Water resources (waste water treatment ()

  • Agriculture (sustainable practice)

  • Air quality (household solid fuels and PM2.5 exposure remained the leading environment threat to public health.

  • Countries like India, China, Pakistan, scored badly and demand urgent attention.

How Did Other Big Countries Do in the Ranking?

Table Contain Shows the Country Name

Table Contain Shows the Country Name

Country name

Rank in 2018

Rank in 2016













South Africa



Leaders in Air Quality

  • Australia

  • Barbados

  • Jordan

  • Canada

  • Denmark

Laggards in Air Quality

  • Nepal

  • Bangladesh

  • India

  • China

  • Pakistan

What Does High Ranking Demonstrate?

Long standing commitments to:

  • Protecting public health

  • Preserving natural resources

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from economic activity.

Other Notable Points of the Report

  • Low ranking of emerging economies like India and China reflects the strain population pressure and economic growth impose on environment.

  • The sharp decline in the country’s ranking is attributed to the quality of data and broadening the base of the parameters.

Why Did India Get a Special Mention in the Report?

  • “Ujjwala Yojana” meant for LPG connection for women below BPL (Below Poverty Line) households was mentioned in the report.

  • The report states that if the goal of this scheme is realised it has potential to effect the life of millions BPL households by providing them with safe and affordable cooking facilities.

Who Release the EPI Ranking?

  • Environmental Performance Index ranking is a biennial report brought out by the Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the WEF (World Economic Forum)

What is World Economic Forum?

  • The World Economic Forum (WEF) is based in Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland and is incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971

  • The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

  • Known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubunden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland bringing over 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists to discuss pressing issues facing the world.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 31, 2018

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