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India ranks 87th in global energy transition index

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on April 21, 2021

The report noted that coal played a significant role in the energy mix of India and China   -  AFP

Sweden leads the list of 115 countries

India has been ranked at the 87th position among 115 countries in the Energy Transition Index (ETI) that tracks nations on the current performance of their energy systems across various aspects, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report released on Wednesday. The report, prepared in collaboration with Accenture, also draws on insights from ETI.

China at 68th position

The top 10 countries in the index are Western and Northern European countries, with Sweden in the first place, followed by Norway and Denmark. "China (68) and India (87), which collectively account for a third of global energy demand, have both made strong improvements over the past decade, despite coal continuing to play a significant role in their energy mix," the report said.

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As per the report, India has targeted improvements through subsidy reforms and rapidly scaling energy access, with a strong political commitment and regulatory environment for the energy transition. "China's improvements primarily result from reducing the energy intensity of the economy, gains in de-carbonising the energy mix through the expansion of renewables and strengthening the enabling environment through investments and infrastructure," it added. The index benchmarks 115 countries on the current performance of their energy systems across three dimensions -- economic development and growth, environmental sustainability, and energy security and access indicators -- and their readiness to transition to secure, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive energy systems.

Positive indication

The latest report is based on a revised ETI methodology that takes into account recent changes in the global energy landscape and the increasing urgency of climate change action. As per the report, 92 out of 115 countries tracked on the ETI increased their aggregate score over the past 10 years, which affirms the positive direction and steady momentum of the global energy transition.

"As we enter into the decade of action and delivery on climate change, the focus must also encompass speed and resilience of the transition. With the energy transition moving beyond the low hanging fruit, sustained incremental progress will be more challenging due to the evolving landscape of risks to the energy transition," Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy and Materials at WEF, said.

Published on April 21, 2021

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