Index rank 56

Balance Score


Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  48  45  33   
Energy Security  50  46  35  B
Energy Equity  97  97  92  C
Environmental Sustainability  10  10  12  A
Contextual Performance  116  116  116   
Political Strength  98  95  92   
Societal Strength  96  95  95   
Economic Strength  126  124  127   
Overall Rank  65  62  56  ABC
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Fossil Fuel Reserves

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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 53.7
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy exporter) 11.87
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.13
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) n.a.
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 15,530 (II)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.10
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 1.78
Population Access to Electricity (%) 81.6
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Index Commentary

Gabon improves six places in this year’s Index. The country continues to struggle with balancing the energy trilemma, as strong performances in energy security and environmental sustainability are outweighed by a poor energy equity ranking. Gabon’s energy security performance improves considerably as the energy growth rate declines. Household expenditure on electricity also declines leading to an improved energy equity ranking, and environmental performance remains largely stable overall, with slight increase in CO2 emissions from electricity generation. As the country further develops economically and is able to provide a larger share of its population with access to modern energy services, it will be challenging for the country to meet the growing demand, sustain the current level of energy security and maintain the relatively low environmental impact. Contextual performance is still poor but stable, with indicators of economic strength being weaker than those of political and societal strength.