Index rank 19

Balance Score


Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  26  30  34   
Energy Security  96  96  107  D
Energy Equity  5  6  4  A
Environmental Sustainability  26  28  29  B
Contextual Performance  3  3  2   
Political Strength  4  7  5   
Societal Strength  20  13  13   
Economic Strength  1  2  1   
Overall Rank  17  18  19  ABD
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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 13.6
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.02
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.29
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) 0.22
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 79,778 (I)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.12
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 19.76
Population Access to Electricity (%) 100.0
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Index Commentary

Luxembourg slides down one place in the overall Index rankings due to deteriorating energy security. Its balance of the energy trilemma remains lopsided, with excellent performances on the energy equity and environmental sustainability dimensions, but a low degree of energy security. This poor performance on the energy security dimension continues to be driven by its heavy reliance on fuel imports that total 98% of energy consumed, minimal oil stocks, and the low diversity of its electricity fuel mix, all of which worsen this year. These are all persisting challenges for Luxembourg, given the country’s small geographical size and resource-poor natural endowments, but high level of economic development. Energy equity remains among the highest in the world, as the country continues to provide its citizens with (relatively) affordable gasoline and electricity. Luxembourg’s environmental sustainability ranking drops slightly, but remains solid, as CO2 emissions from electricity generation see an increase. Contextually, Luxembourg ranks second in the world overall and continues to receive top marks on all indicators of political, societal, and economic strength.