Energy Trilemma Index

The Energy Sustainability Index ranks countries in terms of their likely ability to provide sustainable energy policies through the 3 dimensions of the energy trilemma:

  • Energy security: the effective management of primary energy supply from domestic and external sources, the reliability of energy infrastructure, and the ability of participating energy companies to meet current and future demand.
  • Energy equity: the accessibility and affordability of energy supply across the population.
  • Environmental sustainability: the achievement of supply and demand-side energy efficiencies and the development of energy supply from renewable and other low-carbon sources.

The Index rank measures overall performance and the balance score highlights how well a country manages the trade-offs between the three competing dimensions: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability. The best score ‘A’ is given for a very high performance. Countries with good results are awarded with the score ‘B’. High performers receive the score ‘AAA’ while countries that do not yet perform well receive a ‘DDD’ score.

For the first time, a watch list has been created for countries that are in the process of transitioning their energy systems, or where recent or unscheduled events that are not yet reflected in the data may lead to a change in Index performance in the near future. Countries on watch include: Germany, Japan, Italy, Mexico, the UAE, the UK.

Click on the name of the country in the ranking to access individual country profiles and gain a better understanding of the aggregate effect of energy policies applied over time in the context of each country. More information on how to read the country profiles and the Index methodology (209.37 kB).

  Energy Trilemma Index       Energy Security     Energy Equity     Environmental Sustainability  
Rank Energy Trilemma
Index (2014)
Score Rank Energy Security
Rank Energy Equity
Rank Environmental
Sustainability
1 Switzerland AAA   1 Canada   1 United States   1 Switzerland  
2 Sweden AAA   2 Russia   2 Canada   2 Costa Rica  
3 Norway AAB   3 Qatar   3 Australia   3 Albania  
4 United Kingdom AAA   4 Romania   4 Luxembourg   4 Colombia  
5 Denmark AAB   5 Colombia   5 Switzerland   5 Norway  
6 Canada AAB   6 Denmark   6 Qatar   6 Sweden  
7 Austria AAB   7 Bolivia   7 Saudi Arabia   7 Uruguay  
8 Finland ABB   8 United States   8 United Arab Emirates   8 Austria  
9 France AAB   9 United Kingdom   9 Hong Kong   9 Denmark  
10 New Zealand AAB   10 Australia   10 Austria   10 France  
11 Germany BBB   11 Nigeria   11 France   11 El Salvador  
12 United States AAC   12 Czech Republic   12 Oman   12 Gabon  
13 Australia AAD   13 Kazakhstan   13 Bahrain   13 Ireland  
14 Netherlands BBB   14 Argentina   14 Taiwan   14 Latvia  
15 Spain ABB   15 Slovakia   15 Norway   15 Mauritius  
16 Colombia AAC   16 New Zealand   16 Finland   16 Paraguay  
17 Slovakia ABB   17 Indonesia   17 Kazakhstan   17 Panama  
18 Luxembourg AAD   18 Peru   18 Iceland   18 United Kingdom  
19 Costa Rica ABB   19 China   19 Sweden   19 Brazil  
20 Qatar AAD   20 Sweden   20 Japan   20 Lithuania  
21 Belgium ABB   21 Azerbaijan   21 Malaysia   21 Italy  
22 Ireland ABC   22 Switzerland   22 United Kingdom   22 Portugal  
23 Japan ABB   23 Ecuador   23 Greece   23 Luxembourg  
24 Slovenia BBB   24 Bulgaria   24 Iran   24 Spain  
25 Portugal ABB   25 Angola   25 South Korea   25 Angola  
26 Malaysia ABC   26 Finland   26 Kuwait   26 Croatia  
27 Hong Kong ABD   27 Germany   27 Israel   27 Germany  
28 Czech Republic ABC   28 Malaysia   28 New Zealand   28 Ecuador  
29 Italy ABC   29 Brazil   29 Belgium   29 Guatemala  
30 Brazil ABC   30 Mexico   30 Trinidad and Tobago   30 Cameroon  
31 Iceland ABC   31 Guatemala   31 Croatia   31 Netherlands  
32 Croatia ABC   32 Poland   32 Cyprus   32 Belgium  
33 Hungary BBB   33 Gabon   33 Netherlands   33 Malawi  
34 Taiwan ACC   34 Philippines   34 Barbados   34 Slovakia  
35 United Arab Emirates ABD   35 Côte d'Ivoire   35 Singapore   35 Hungary  
36 Ecuador ABB   36 Tunisia   36 Poland   36 Iceland  
37 Lithuania ABC   37 Spain   37 Slovakia   37 Finland  
38 Mexico BBC   38 Cameroon   38 Czech Republic   38 Peru  
39 Uruguay ABC   39 Vietnam   39 Ireland   39 Georgia  
40 Peru ABC   40 Bahrain   40 Slovenia   40 Barbados  
41 Singapore BBD   41 France   41 Uruguay   41 Japan  
42 Poland BBC   42 South Africa   42 Germany   42 New Zealand  
43 Latvia ABD   43 Hungary   43 Mexico   43 Nepal  
44 Panama ABC   44 Austria   44 Russia   44 Argentina  
45 Tunisia BBB   45 Norway   45 Lithuania   45 Slovenia  
46 Mauritius ABD   46 Congo (Dem. Rep.)   46 Spain   46 Namibia  
47 Bahrain ABD   47 United Arab Emirates   47 Denmark   47 Ethiopia  
48 Guatemala BBC   48 Mauritania   48 Italy   48 Chad  
49 Gabon ABC   49 Mongolia   49 Algeria   49 Sri Lanka  
50 Russia ABD   50 Trinidad and Tobago   50 Panama   50 Singapore  
51 Greece ABC   51 Costa Rica   51 Malta   51 Philippines  
52 El Salvador ABC   52 Slovenia   52 Ecuador   52 Tanzania  
53 Chile BCC   53 Portugal   53 Hungary   53 Tajikistan  
54 Romania ACC   54 Ukraine   54 Egypt   54 Dominican Republic  
55 South Korea BCD   55 Netherlands   55 Chile   55 Honduras  
56 Kazakhstan AAD   56 Venezuela   56 Costa Rica   56 Canada  
57 Albania ACC   57 Niger   57 Azerbaijan   57 Tunisia  
58 Philippines BBC   58 Egypt   58 Tunisia   58 Congo (Dem. Rep.)  
59 Angola ABD   59 Greece   59 Latvia   59 Nicaragua  
60 Argentina ABC   60 Pakistan   60 Mauritius   60 Hong Kong  
61 Barbados BBD   61 El Salvador   61 Jordan   61 Mozambique  
62 Bolivia ACC   62 Japan   62 Venezuela   62 Zambia  
63 Cyprus BCD   63 Turkey   63 Colombia   63 Kenya  
64 Trinidad and Tobago BBD   64 Syria   64 Indonesia   64 Cambodia  
65 Malta BCD   65 Belgium   65 Portugal   65 Malta  
66 Israel BCD   66 Iran   66 Armenia   66 Côte d'Ivoire  
67 Bulgaria ACD   67 Mozambique   67 Georgia   67 Chile  
68 Saudi Arabia ABD   68 Saudi Arabia   68 Estonia   68 Lebanon  
69 Indonesia ACD   69 Ireland   69 Montenegro   69 Turkey  
70 Cameroon BBD   70 Italy   70 Serbia   70 Bolivia  
71 Azerbaijan ABD   71 Estonia   71 El Salvador   71 Botswana  
72 Oman ACD   72 Swaziland   72 Morocco   72 Madagascar  
73 Turkey BCC   73 Libya   73 Guatemala   73 Venezuela  
74 China ACD   74 Croatia   74 Ukraine   74 Mexico  
75 Estonia BCD   75 Taiwan   75 Macedonia   75 Armenia  
76 Kuwait BCD   76 India   76 Turkey   76 Ghana  
77 Paraguay ACD   77 Sri Lanka   77 Thailand   77 Cyprus  
78 Georgia BCD   78 Ghana   78 Romania   78 Algeria  
79 Algeria BCC   79 Kuwait   79 Jamaica   79 Swaziland  
80 Sri Lanka BCC   80 Algeria   80 Bulgaria   80 Bangladesh  
81 Nigeria ACD   81 Paraguay   81 Syria   81 Nigeria  
82 Venezuela BBC   82 Tajikistan   82 China   82 Greece  
83 South Africa BCD   83 Albania   83 Sri Lanka   83 United States  
84 Armenia CCC   84 Kenya   84 Albania   84 Malaysia  
85 Egypt BBC   85 Chad   85 South Africa   85 South Korea  
86 Côte d'Ivoire BCD   86 Panama   86 Brazil   86 Taiwan  
87 Vietnam BDD   87 Yemen   87 Dominican Republic   87 Czech Republic  
88 Namibia BCD   88 Madagascar   88 Bolivia   88 Israel  
89 Iran BCD   89 Chile   89 Gabon   89 Egypt  
90 Thailand CCD   90 Lithuania   90 Moldova   90 Jamaica  
91 Botswana CDD   91 Uruguay   91 Libya   91 Poland  
92 Swaziland CCD   92 Armenia   92 Namibia   92 Niger  
93 Mozambique BCD   93 Malawi   93 Philippines   93 Montenegro  
94 Ukraine BCD   94 Iceland   94 Swaziland   94 Mauritania  
95 Montenegro CCD   95 Thailand   95 Mongolia   95 Romania  
96 Ghana CCD   96 Latvia   96 Argentina   96 Morocco  
97 Dominican Republic BCD   97 Oman   97 Peru   97 Pakistan  
98 Mongolia BDD   98 South Korea   98 Botswana   98 Australia  
99 Mauritania BDD   99 Ethiopia   99 Vietnam   99 Azerbaijan  
100 Congo (Dem. Rep.) BBD   100 Nicaragua   100 Angola   100 Senegal  
101 Chad BCD   101 Hong Kong   101 Nicaragua   101 Vietnam  
102 Macedonia CDD   102 Georgia   102 Honduras   102 United Arab Emirates  
103 Malawi BCD   103 Macedonia   103 Paraguay   103 Qatar  
104 Kenya BCD   104 Israel   104 Pakistan   104 Russia  
105 Nicaragua BDD   105 Serbia   105 India   105 Benin  
106 Tajikistan BCD   106 Cyprus   106 Ghana   106 Indonesia  
107 Honduras BDD   107 Mauritius   107 Tajikistan   107 Thailand  
108 Jordan BDD   108 Zambia   108 Nigeria   108 Libya  
109 Nepal BDD   109 Luxembourg   109 Yemen   109 Bulgaria  
110 Niger BCD   110 Tanzania   110 Côte d'Ivoire   110 Yemen  
111 Morocco CCD   111 Dominican Republic   111 Cameroon   111 Macedonia  
112 Jamaica CCD   112 Jordan   112 Bangladesh   112 Trinidad and Tobago  
113 Zambia BDD   113 Bangladesh   113 Cambodia   113 Moldova  
114 Libya CCD   114 Honduras   114 Kenya   114 Jordan  
115 Ethiopia BDD   115 Cambodia   115 Mauritania   115 Estonia  
116 Serbia CDD   116 Montenegro   116 Senegal   116 Ukraine  
117 Cambodia CDD   117 Barbados   117 Nepal   117 Syria  
118 Pakistan BDD   118 Morocco   118 Zambia   118 Kazakhstan  
119 Syria BCD   119 Moldova   119 Ethiopia   119 Serbia  
120 Madagascar CCD   120 Zimbabwe   120 Benin   120 Iran  
121 Tanzania BDD   121 Jamaica   121 Chad   121 Kuwait  
122 India CDD   122 Senegal   122 Zimbabwe   122 Zimbabwe  
123 Lebanon CDD   123 Namibia   123 Lebanon   123 India  
124 Moldova CDD   124 Singapore   124 Mozambique   124 Oman  
125 Bangladesh CDD   125 Nepal   125 Madagascar   125 Saudi Arabia  
126 Yemen CDD   126 Botswana   126 Congo (Dem. Rep.)   126 Bahrain  
127 Senegal CDD   127 Lebanon   127 Niger   127 China  
128 Benin DDD   128 Malta   128 Tanzania   128 Mongolia  
129 Zimbabwe DDD   129 Benin   129 Malawi   129 South Africa  
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The rankings are based on a range of country level data and databases that capture both energy performance and the contextual framework. Energy performance considers supply and demand, the affordability and access of energy, and the environmental impact of the country’s energy use. The contextual indicators consider the broader circumstances of energy performance including societal, political and economic strength and stability.