2008 Environmental Performance Index
2008 Environmental Performance Index issued today
The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has provided input to the 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) issued today at the International Economic Forum in Davos by Yale and Columbia Universities.
The 2008 EPI has an architecture that highlights the complexity of translating environmental stewardship into straightforward, clear-cut policy recipes. The trade-offs within the index dimensions are a reminder of the danger of compensability between dimensions while identifying the areas where more work is needed to achieve a coherent framework in particular in terms of the relative importance of the indicators that compose the EPI framework.
The 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was developed for 149 countries and is based on twenty-five indicators in 6 policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Water, Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources, Climate Change. The 2008 EPI aims to bring a data-driven, fact-based and empirical approach to environmental protection and global sustainability.
With its expertise on composite indicators and sensitivity analysis, the Joint Research Centre has had a crucial role in assessing the reliability of the EPI results. The JRC has examined the robustness of the results to the methodological assumptions, and thereby shed light on those countries for which the results are highly sensitive to the methodological assumptions of the Index.