Index rank 82

Balance Score


Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  59  58  70   
Energy Security  34  32  62  B
Energy Equity  107  108  107  D
Environmental Sustainability  37  42  39  B
Contextual Performance  105  113  104   
Political Strength  107  110  111   
Societal Strength  119  115  115   
Economic Strength  66  84  74   
Overall Rank  72  75  82  BBD
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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 30.9
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy exporter) 1.52
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.11
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) n.a.
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 2,275 (IV)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.17
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 0.24
Population Access to Electricity (%) 49.0
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Index Commentary

Cameroon falls seven places in this year’s Index to rank 82nd overall, a drop mainly driven by a relative decline in energy security as Cameroon is outperformed by other countries on this dimension. As more people gain access to electricity, energy consumption continues to grow at a rate that outpaces economic growth. Transmission and distribution losses remain high, indicating that few improvements have been made to the quality and efficiency of the country’s electricity infrastructure. Energy equity, Cameroon’s weakest dimension, does not improve as access to electricity remains at a low 49% of the population. However, household expenditure on electricity services for those who do have access have decreased. Cameroon’s high share of hydropower in its electricity fuel mix enables the country to maintain a comparatively small environmental footprint, despite an increase in CO2 emissions from electricity generation. Declines in energy and emission intensity also pay off as the country moves its environmental sustainability ranking up three places. Contextually, Cameroon’s performance is stable, albeit low overall. Economic strength, Cameroon’s strongest contextual dimension, sees improvements both in macroeconomic stability and in the availability of domestic credit to the private sector.