European nations have been leading the way in terms of human prosperity and progress. So, I wasn’t surprised to see them near the top of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index, which assesses a country’s ability to provide sustainable energy. Here we take a look at the top 10 countries with the most sustainable energy systems, based on the WEC’s 2019 Energy Trilemma Index.
Ranking countries with the most sustainable energy systems
The World Energy Council measureed sustainability of a country’s energy systems on three dimensions: Energy security, energy equity (affordability and accessibility), and environmental sustainability. Then they ranked countries based on the Trilemma score, and assigned a Balance grade to show how well a country manages the trade-offs in three dimensions.
The first letter in the Balance grade represents energy security, the second one represents energy equity, and the third letter represents environmental sustainability.
As expected, most European nations have done well in all three aspects. They are reducing their carbon emissions by rapidly embracing solar, wind, and geothermal energy. On the other hand, tens of millions of people in developing nations of Asia and Africa still lack access the electricity.
These countries have the most sustainable energy systems, according to WEC’s Energy Trilemma Index:
10- New Zealand
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