What Is The Environmental Performance Index And Why India Has Rejected The Report

Environmental News from India: 

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2022 has been released, and India is in the bottom five countries for the first time. Even Pakistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh have been placed above India. The center has questioned its ranking and parameters and considered the report based on assumptions and unscientific methods.

While the Environmental Performance Index 2022 stated, “India, with increasingly dangerous air quality and rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, falls to the bottom of the rankings for the first time,” 

What is the environmental performance index?

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The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is an international ranking system that ranks countries on their environmental health and sustainability. It was started in 2002 by World Economic Forum in association with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

It is a biennial index that aims to supplement the environmental targets of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and provide a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world.

The present year index is based on 40 performance indicators grouped into 11 issue categories with an objective of environmental health, ecosystem vitality, and climate change.

The EPI report states, “EPI ranks 180 countries on climate change performance, environmental health, and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy targets.”

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Source: IndiaTimes

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