Energy Trilemma Index

The Energy Trilemma 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.

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, South Africa, Serbia, the UAE, the US and 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 (187.38 kB).

  Energy Trilemma Index       Energy Security     Energy Equity     Environmental Sustainability  
Rank Energy Trilemma
Index (2015)
Score Rank Energy Security
Rank Energy Equity
Rank Environmental
Sustainability
1 Switzerland AAA   1 Canada   1 United States   1 Switzerland  
2 Sweden AAA   2 Denmark   2 Canada   2 Costa Rica  
3 Norway AAB   3 United States   3 Luxembourg   3 Colombia  
4 United Kingdom AAB   4 United Kingdom   4 Qatar   4 Uruguay  
5 Austria AAB   5 Ecuador   5 Switzerland   5 Albania  
6 Denmark AAB   6 Australia   6 United Arab Emirates   6 Norway  
7 Canada AAC   7 Nigeria   7 Saudi Arabia   7 Paraguay  
8 France AAB   8 Gabon   8 Hong Kong   8 Mauritius  
9 Finland AAB   9 Argentina   9 Austria   9 Sweden  
10 New Zealand AAB   10 Switzerland   10 Oman   10 Gabon  
11 Netherlands BBB   11 Azerbaijan   11 Bahrain   11 Austria  
12 United States AAC   12 Côte d'Ivoire   12 Taiwan   12 Denmark  
13 Germany BBB   13 Colombia   13 France   13 France  
14 Uruguay AAB   14 Bolivia   14 Australia   14 Ireland  
15 Spain AAB   15 Russia   15 Singapore   15 Panama  
16 Belgium ABB   16 Sweden   16 Finland   16 Guatemala  
17 Australia AAD   17 Indonesia   17 Sweden   17 Brazil  
18 Colombia AAB   18 Uruguay   18 Norway   18 El Salvador  
19 Luxembourg ABD   19 Malaysia   19 Japan   19 Latvia  
20 Costa Rica ABB   20 Romania   20 South Korea   20 Angola  
21 Malaysia AAC   21 China   21 Greece   21 United Kingdom  
22 Ireland ABC   22 Czech Republic   22 Iceland   22 Lithuania  
23 Singapore ABD   23 Finland   23 Spain   23 Italy  
24 Slovakia ABB   24 Cameroon   24 Malaysia   24 Spain  
25 Slovenia BBB   25 Germany   25 Israel   25 Singapore  
26 Hungary BBB   26 Slovakia   26 Belgium   26 Portugal  
27 Hong Kong ABC   27 Peru   27 Kuwait   27 Ecuador  
28 Qatar ABD   28 Kazakhstan   28 Iran   28 Namibia  
29 Lithuania ABC   29 New Zealand   29 Cyprus   29 Chad  
30 Taiwan ABC   30 South Africa   30 United Kingdom   30 Argentina  
31 Italy ABC   31 Netherlands   31 Czech Republic   31 Luxembourg  
32 Japan ABC   32 Poland   32 Poland   32 Sri Lanka  
33 Ecuador ABB   33 Norway   33 Trinidad and Tobago   33 Croatia  
34 Portugal ABC   34 Chad   34 Slovakia   34 Iceland  
35 Iceland ABC   35 Congo (Dem. Rep.)   35 New Zealand   35 Philippines  
36 Czech Republic ABC   36 Qatar   36 Netherlands   36 Peru  
37 Brazil ABC   37 Mexico   37 Russia   37 Cameroon  
38 United Arab Emirates ABD   38 Ghana   38 Hungary   38 Nepal  
39 Latvia ABC   39 Iraq   39 Lithuania   39 Hungary  
40 Peru ABC   40 Hungary   40 Slovenia   40 Slovenia  
41 Mauritius ABD   41 France   41 Croatia   41 Belgium  
42 Gabon AAC   42 Mongolia   42 Iraq   42 Ghana  
43 Chile BBC   43 Brazil   43 Ireland   43 Georgia  
44 Croatia BBC   44 Austria   44 Uruguay   44 Germany  
45 Poland BBD   45 Slovenia   45 Latvia   45 Ethiopia  
46 Albania ABC   46 Vietnam   46 Germany   46 Netherlands  
47 Argentina ABD   47 United Arab Emirates   47 Barbados   47 New Zealand  
48 Mexico BBC   48 Bulgaria   48 Kazakhstan   48 Tajikistan  
49 Russia ABD   49 Saudi Arabia   49 Mauritius   49 Japan  
50 Philippines BBC   50 Belgium   50 Italy   50 Slovakia  
51 Saudi Arabia ABD   51 Bahrain   51 Chile   51 Finland  
52 Panama ABD   52 Philippines   52 Algeria   52 Egypt  
53 Bahrain ABD   53 India   53 Panama   53 Algeria  
54 South Korea ACD   54 Taiwan   54 Malta   54 Congo (Dem. Rep.)  
55 Azerbaijan ABC   55 Spain   55 Venezuela   55 Malawi  
56 Romania ACC   56 Egypt   56 Denmark   56 Dominican Republic  
57 Algeria BBC   57 Chile   57 Colombia   57 Kenya  
58 Guatemala ACC   58 Iran   58 Tunisia   58 Mozambique  
59 Estonia BCD   59 Albania   59 Jordan   59 Tunisia  
60 Paraguay ACD   60 Swaziland   60 Mexico   60 Zambia  
61 Cyprus BCD   61 Trinidad and Tobago   61 Ecuador   61 Tanzania  
62 Greece ACC   62 Portugal   62 Thailand   62 Madagascar  
63 Oman ACD   63 Italy   63 Estonia   63 Nigeria  
64 Georgia BCC   64 Costa Rica   64 Ukraine   64 Malta  
65 Indonesia ACC   65 Niger   65 El Salvador   65 Bangladesh  
66 Trinidad and Tobago BBD   66 Estonia   66 Azerbaijan   66 Hong Kong  
67 Bolivia ACC   67 Angola   67 Portugal   67 Nicaragua  
68 El Salvador ACC   68 Paraguay   68 Macedonia   68 Honduras  
69 Israel BCD   69 Pakistan   69 Georgia   69 Côte d'Ivoire  
70 Ghana BBD   70 Algeria   70 Armenia   70 Cambodia  
71 Tunisia BBC   71 Turkey   71 Montenegro   71 Canada  
72 Malta BCD   72 Ireland   72 Turkey   72 Venezuela  
73 Cameroon ABD   73 Guatemala   73 Serbia   73 Pakistan  
74 China ACD   74 Venezuela   74 Romania   74 Azerbaijan  
75 Côte d'Ivoire ACD   75 Georgia   75 Guatemala   75 Indonesia  
76 Turkey CCC   76 Lithuania   76 Morocco   76 Malaysia  
77 Kazakhstan ABD   77 Croatia   77 Brazil   77 Bolivia  
78 Namibia BCD   78 Tunisia   78 China   78 Mauritania  
79 Nigeria ACD   79 Tajikistan   79 Bulgaria   79 Turkey  
80 Chad BBD   80 Zimbabwe   80 Egypt   80 Mexico  
81 Bulgaria BCD   81 Oman   81 Jamaica   81 Chile  
82 Kuwait BCD   82 Syria   82 Syria   82 Armenia  
83 Angola AAD   83 Japan   83 Peru   83 Cyprus  
84 South Africa BCD   84 Latvia   84 Sri Lanka   84 Barbados  
85 Egypt BBC   85 Mozambique   85 Albania   85 Swaziland  
86 Sri Lanka BCC   86 Greece   86 South Africa   86 Botswana  
87 Barbados BCD   87 Yemen   87 Dominican Republic   87 Israel  
88 Venezuela BCC   88 Ukraine   88 Indonesia   88 Greece  
89 Thailand CCD   89 Libya   89 Moldova   89 Morocco  
90 Vietnam BDD   90 Hong Kong   90 Bolivia   90 Jordan  
91 Iran BBD   91 Ethiopia   91 Namibia   91 Lebanon  
92 Swaziland BCC   92 Mauritania   92 Philippines   92 Yemen  
93 Iraq BBD   93 Iceland   93 Mongolia   93 Montenegro  
94 Mongolia BCD   94 Bangladesh   94 Swaziland   94 South Korea  
95 Armenia CCD   95 Serbia   95 Gabon   95 United States  
96 Congo (Dem. Rep.)   96 El Salvador   96 Vietnam   96 Taiwan  
97 Jordan BCD   97 Thailand   97 Botswana   97 Romania  
98 Montenegro CCD   98 Kuwait   98 Libya   98 Czech Republic  
99 Botswana CDD   99 Sri Lanka   99 Paraguay   99 Libya  
100 Morocco CCD   100 Zambia   100 Nicaragua   100 Estonia  
101 Tajikistan BCD   101 South Korea   101 Honduras   101 Qatar  
102 Dominican Republic BCD   102 Morocco   102 Argentina   102 Vietnam  
103 Nepal BDD   103 Cyprus   103 India   103 United Arab Emirates  
104 Mozambique BCD   104 Panama   104 Pakistan   104 Poland  
105 Ethiopia BCD   105 Luxembourg   105 Tajikistan   105 Jamaica  
106 Macedonia CDD   106 Mauritius   106 Ghana   106 Senegal  
107 India BDD   107 Kenya   107 Côte d'Ivoire   107 Thailand  
108 Pakistan BCD   108 Namibia   108 Angola   108 Russia  
109 Zambia BDD   109 Tanzania   109 Bangladesh   109 Benin  
110 Ukraine CCD   110 Armenia   110 Cameroon   110 Australia  
111 Kenya BDD   111 Nicaragua   111 Nigeria   111 Trinidad and Tobago  
112 Serbia CDD   112 Macedonia   112 Senegal   112 Bulgaria  
113 Bangladesh CCD   113 Jordan   113 Kenya   113 Moldova  
114 Nicaragua BDD   114 Barbados   114 Yemen   114 Syria  
115 Cambodia CDD   115 Madagascar   115 Cambodia   115 Iraq  
116 Honduras BDD   116 Israel   116 Nepal   116 Macedonia  
117 Jamaica CDD   117 Malawi   117 Benin   117 Kuwait  
118 Mauritania CCD   118 Montenegro   118 Mauritania   118 Kazakhstan  
119 Tanzania BDD   119 Dominican Republic   119 Zambia   119 Zimbabwe  
120 Libya CCD   120 Singapore   120 Ethiopia   120 Saudi Arabia  
121 Madagascar BDD   121 Cambodia   121 Chad   121 Ukraine  
122 Niger BDD   122 Lebanon   122 Lebanon   122 India  
123 Syria CCD   123 Nepal   123 Zimbabwe   123 Oman  
124 Malawi BDD   124 Botswana   124 Mozambique   124 Iran  
125 Zimbabwe CDD   125 Honduras   125 Niger   125 Niger  
126 Yemen CCD   126 Jamaica   126 Tanzania   126 Serbia  
127 Moldova CDD   127 Senegal   127 Costa Rica   127 Mongolia  
128 Lebanon CDD   128 Benin   128 Congo (Dem. Rep.)   128 Bahrain  
129 Senegal DDD   129 Malta   129 Madagascar   129 China  
130 Benin DDD   130 Moldova   130 Malawi   130 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.