Index rank 126

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Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  126  126  127   
Energy Security  124  120  120  D
Energy Equity  112  117  118  D
Environmental Sustainability  89  91  93  C
Contextual Performance  92  99  96   
Political Strength  83  89  88   
Societal Strength  94  105  105   
Economic Strength  96  92  94   
Overall Rank  124  125  126  CDD
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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 22.7
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.04
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.26
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) n.a.
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 1,975 (IV)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.16
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 0.45
Population Access to Electricity (%) 56.5
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Index Commentary

Senegal remains near the bottom of the Index, with its overall position dropping one place to rank 126. One of the ‘Back of the Pack’ countries, Senegal’s rankings on all three dimensions of the energy trilemma are low. However, the fact that Senegal’s environmental sustainability performance is currently its best is a promising sign and a good base on which the country can build as it continues to develop. Energy security lags behind the most, with low marks being driven by an extremely low ratio of total energy production to consumption and a high percentage of electricity being lost in transmission and distribution. High, and rising, gasoline prices and a low level of access to electricity contribute to a below-par performance on the energy equity dimension as well. Senegal’s environmental sustainability ranking, while its strongest, is still rather poor. Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity results in high CO2 emissions, and air and water pollution remains a serious problem. The country’s energy mix does contain a small amount (9%) of hydro power, which represents a potentially promising start for the contribution of renewables. Contextual performance remains low, but constant, with political indicators improving slightly.