In the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), India has ranked 168th out of the 180 countries. This is as per the researchers at Yale and Columbia universities. This poor ranking indicates that the decarbonization agenda of India needs to accelerate as the country is facing a number of serious environmental health risks which includes poor air quality.
In the 2020 EPI, Denmark ranked right at the top, followed by Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Germany in the top 10 countries. Similarly, Japan ranked 12th, United States ranked 24th, while China stood at 120th spot in Environmental Performance Index.
The EPI report, now in its 22nd year has become the leading metrics framework for global environmental policy analysis, ranking 180 countries on 32 performance indicators across 11 issue categories.
The report covers environmental health and ecosystem vitality. The new metrics covered in 2020 EPI are waste management, carbon dioxide emissions from land cover change and emissions of fluorinated gases all important drivers of climate change.