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JRC contributes to the Environmental Performance Index


The JRC has contributed to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) launched at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on 26 January 2012. The EPI is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the JRC.

With its expertise on composite indicators and sensitivity analysis, the JRC through its Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) contributed to the EPI by assessing the methodology and making recommendations on the balancing of the indicators.

Yale and Columbia Universities have invited the JRC to assess each EPI report since its launch in 2006.

According to the top 20 results of the 2012 EPI, thirteen EU Member States − Latvia, Luxembourg, France, Austria, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Finland − lead the world in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges.

Latvia has made the most progress over 2000-2010, as measured by the new Trend EPI, and ranks second in the overall EPI. It has launched major energy and environmental initiatives in recent years - eliminating coal from its power generation and actively reforesting - and the results come through loud and clear. Among the other countries that have made very strong progress over the last eleven years are Azerbaijan, Romania, Albania and Egypt. The United States (49th) is placed significantly behind other industrialized nations, including France (6th), the United Kingdom (9th), Germany (11th), and Japan (23rd). In addition, the US places 77th in the Trend EPI rankings, suggesting that little progress has been made on environmental challenges over the last ten years, as compared to the United Kingdom (20th), France (19th), Germany (56th) and Japan (60th).


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