UK and France lead G7 transition to sustainable energy systems

20th March 2018


Web renewableenergy istock 584487610

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Energy ,
  • Fossil fuels ,
  • Renewable ,
  • Global

Author

IEMA

The UK and France are the only two G7 economies to feature in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) top 10 most prepared countries to transition to sustainable energy systems.

The Energy Transition Index ranks 114 nations on their readiness to convert to secure, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, with Sweden, Norway and Switzerland completing the top three.

It was found that more than 80% of countries have registered an improvement in their energy systems over the past five years, but that there are still approximately one billion people without electricity.

In addition, carbon intensity among systems has flatlined, with marginal improvements of 1.8% a year significantly below the 3% threshold required to deliver the Paris Agreement.

“There is an urgent need to speed up the transition toward more sustainable energy production and use,” International Energy Agency executive director, Faith Birol, said.

“To do this we will need to harness a broad portfolio of energy technologies and deepen cooperation between governments, industry and civil society stakeholders.”

The index ranks countries on their current energy system performance, and evaluates the extent to which enabling conditions facilitate a low-carbon transition.

The top 10 countries are shown below:

WEF

Large economies outside the top 10 show mixed performances, with Germany facing challenges from high energy prices and rising emissions, but scoring well for institutions and regulations, ranked 16th.

The US scores poorly on environmental sustainability, but a strong innovation ecosystem, robust institutional framework, and vibrant capital markets, place the country 22nd in the table.

China is ranked 76th, but recent mandates for electric vehicles and political commitments to addressing environmental challenges give it the potential to leapfrog more advanced energy systems.

India is not far behind in 78th place after making strides towards improving energy access, reducing subsidies, and taking bold measures on renewables deployment.

“With this new fact-based framework, we do not only get a view of the performance of national energy systems today, but also a much-needed perspective on what is needed to succeed in the future," WEF head of basics and energy industries, Roberto Bocca, concluded.

Image credit: iStock

Graphic credit: WEF

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

How much is too much?

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

3rd April 2024

Read more

The UK’s major cities lag well behind their European counterparts in terms of public transport use. Linking development to transport routes might be the answer, argues Huw Morris

3rd April 2024

Read more

Ben Goodwin reflects on policy, practice and advocacy over the past year

2nd April 2024

Read more

A hangover from EU legislation, requirements on the need for consideration of nutrient neutrality for developments on many protected sites in England were nearly removed from the planning system in 2023.

2nd April 2024

Read more

It’s well recognised that the public sector has the opportunity to work towards a national net-zero landscape that goes well beyond improving on its own performance; it can also influence through procurement and can direct through policy.

19th March 2024

Read more

The UK government’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) strategy is based on optimistic techno-economic assumptions that are now outdated, Carbon Tracker has warned.

13th March 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close