The 2016 Environmental Performance Index provides a global view of environmental performance and country by country metrics to inform decision-making. Launched at the World Economic Forum, the EPI is in its 15th year and more relevant than ever to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and carrying out the recent international climate change agreement.


The latest from the EPI feed
  1. New Country Compare Tool

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Today the Yale Data-Driven Environmental Solutions Group (Data-Driven Yale) researchers released a new tool that allows users to see how “green” countries are relative to one another.

  2. China's Provincial Environmental Performance Index

    Case Study: China's Provincial Environmental Performance Index
    Scope: Environmental Performance of 30 Chinese provinces from 2004 to 2013.                     
    First Released: April 2016
    Intended Audience: Civil Society, Administrative Authorities, and Research Institutes
    Potential Application: National and subnational (provincial) policymaking

  3. South Korea shuns diesel following emissions scandal

  4. Air Pollution’s Hazy Future in South Korea

    More than half of South Korea’s citizens regularly breathe dangerously polluted air, producing serious health effects for the highly urbanized nation. In 2013, more than 20,000 premature deaths were blamed on the country’s foul air. On a typical day, 25 million South Koreans inhale an unsafe amount of microscopic particles of various sizes (PM2.5, PM10 and others).

  5. Armenia Ranks 37th In 2016 Environmental Performance Index

  6. Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

  7. The Greenest Province in Viet Nam?

    The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a snapshot that only scratches the surface of how countries perform on critical ecosystem and human health issues. After analyzing their national scores, countries sometimes undertake more detailed studies at the subnational scale to investigate areas for improvement at jurisdictions best positioned to enact local change. In narrowing the scope to a single country, governments are also able to tailor indicator frameworks to environmental outcomes most relevant to their country contexts.

  8. New Video of Malaysia's EPI Launch

    One year ago this month, Malaysia launched the second iteration of its state-level Environmental Performance Index, the Malaysia EPI (or MyEPI), which showed the nation’s gains since its inaugural 2012 assessment. The country reduced its environmental burden of disease – meaning fewer of its people were sickened by environmental hazards – from 2012 to 2014, and its agriculture and land-use, resource efficiency, and environmental governance scores also improved.

  9. Making the ‘Sustainable’ Attainable

    If there ever was a gathering of people who fully subscribe to the adage,  ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure,’ this was it.

  10. EPI at the United Nations

    “The 2016 EPI ranks 180 countries—our greatest number ever,” declared Kim Samuel, Director of the Samuel Group of Companies, Professor of Practice at McGill University, and co-founder of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). “It covers 99 percent of the world’s population and 97 percent of global land area,” Ms. Samuel continued in her opening remarks at the May 9 Global Metrics for the Environment event held at UN Headquarters in New York City.

  11. “Yale’s Lies?” EPI’s Rankings Ignite National Controversy in Turkey

    On January 27, a Turkish reporter for the Dogan News Agency wrote about Turkey’s low ranking on the 2016 Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI). Two days later, Dogan News published “Turkey on the Bottom,” an exposé bemoaning Turkey’s “retrogressive decade” of environmental performance that pushed the country’s Climate & Energy and Biodiversity & Habitat scores below those of Iraq and Syria - and “even behind Libya and Haiti.” Within hours, the article was shared thousands of times on Facebook alone.

  12. In The Guardian: Australia drops 10 spots in Greg Hunt's most trusted climate rankings

  13. In The Huffington Post: U.S. Could Do Much More To Protect The Environment, Report Finds

  14. In The Sydney Morning Herald: Australia sinks on 'most credible' environmental index in the world

  15. In The Huffington Post: Climate, Community, Collaboration, Connection: Why Measuring Environmental Performance Matters