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