Namibia

Index rank 90

Balance Score

BCD

Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  101  98  102   
Energy Security  122  125  123  D
Energy Equity  89  93  94  C
Environmental Sustainability  60  50  49  B
         
Contextual Performance  55  60  65   
Political Strength  48  49  48   
Societal Strength  75  76  76   
Economic Strength  43  55  67   
         
Overall Rank  91  92  90  BCD
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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 34.3
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.18
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.24
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) n.a.
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 7,399 (III)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.12
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 1.41
Population Access to Electricity (%) 43.7
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Index Commentary

Namibia moves up two places in this year’s Index to rank 90. Although not in the ‘Hydro-powered’ grouping of countries, Namibia does rely heavily on hydropower for electricity generation and exhibits an energy trilemma balance that is similar to some of those countries.It has a good environmental sustainability ranking that is offset by low levels of energy security and equity. Energy security, in particular, is a big challenge for Namibia, and the country ranks very low on this dimension. Energy consumption is falling, but what limited domestic energy production Namibia does have is falling faster. This year also sees both reduced diversity in the electricity fuel mix and transmission and distribution losses rising from 16% to 25% of total electricity generated. On the energy equity dimension, Namibians see rising gasoline and electricity prices. The country does comparatively well at mitigating its impact on the environment with low energy and emission intensity and declining CO2 emissions from electricity generation, although it will take effort for Namibia to maintain this level of performance as the country continues to develop. Contextual indicators are average, and economic strength suffers from a noticeable drop in macroeconomic stability this year.