Ireland

Index rank 20

Balance Score

ABC

Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  30  27  25   
Energy Security  84  85  82  C
Energy Equity  35  28  30  B
Environmental Sustainability  17  15  15  A
         
Contextual Performance  16  18  18   
Political Strength  14  14  14   
Societal Strength  14  11  11   
Economic Strength  35  46  51   
         
Overall Rank  22  21  20  ABC
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Fossil Fuel Reserves

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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 29.0
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.08
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.22
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) 0.27
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 40,895 (I)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.09
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 7.98
Population Access to Electricity (%) 100.0
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Index Commentary

Ireland improves by one place in this year’s Index rankings. While Ireland performs quite well on indicators of energy equity and environmental sustainability, it struggles to replicate this success on the energy security dimension. Although performance improves on most indicators of energy security this year, Ireland continues to struggle with low rates of energy production (only 8% of the total energy it consumes) and a lack of diversity in its electricity generation portfolio. Gasoline prices and household expenditures on electricity increase, but energy equity performance remains good. Despite its heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels to generate electricity (and the attendant CO2 emissions), Ireland does very well on the environmental sustainability dimension, thanks to extremely high air and water quality and the country’s low energy intensity. Contextually, Ireland continues to do well on almost all indicators, with the notable exception being the continuing decline of macroeconomic stability.