Taiwan

Index rank 27

Balance Score

ABC

Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  40  40  41   
Energy Security  64  67  71  C
Energy Equity  17  17  22  A
Environmental Sustainability  65  63  59  B
         
Contextual Performance  14  11  11   
Political Strength  33  25  23   
Societal Strength  22  22  22   
Economic Strength  4  5  5   
         
Overall Rank  24  24  27  ABC
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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 0.0
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.10
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.60
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) n.a.
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 37,743 (I)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.14
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 11.71
Population Access to Electricity (%) 99.0
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Index Commentary

Taiwan drops three places in the overall Index rankings. Average performances on the energy security and environmental sustainability dimensions are balanced out by a high degree of energy equity. Taiwan’s energy security ranking suffers mostly due to its heavy reliance on energy imports. The island’s small size and lack of natural energy resources means that it only produces 10% of the energy it consumes, although Taiwan is trying to change this by increasing the amount of nuclear and wind power in its electricity generation portfolio. Despite CO2 emission-heavy industries, Taiwan manages to mitigate its impact on the environment fairly well, with air and water pollution levels that are much lower than other countries with similar energy intensity. Taiwan continues to consistently perform well on all contextual indicators with political stability and regulatory quality improving the most during the past year.