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Malaysia: A Green Country?

Environment Performance Index (EPI) is used as a comprehensive assessment method to gauge countries’ performances with score of 100 as the greenest country. According to the first ever completed index done by Yale-Columbia team, Malaysia is ranked at 26 with Switzerland taking the first place. This places Malaysia just one rank behind well known country for environmental protection such as Denmark!

The article examines the environment protection efforts done by countries around the world. Environment Performance Index (EPI) is used as a comprehensive assessment method to gauge countries’ performances with score of 100 as the greenest country. Although some of the data used maybe poorly constructed, but EPI is probably one of the few index for environment performance on country basis this far. According to the first ever completed index done by Yale-Columbia team, Malaysia is ranked at 26 with Switzerland taking the first place. This places Malaysia just one rank behind well known country for environmental protection such as Denmark!

Overall Country EPI Rankings

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Major findings in the report include China’s subpar effort despite facing same financial, economical and social constraints as other Southeast Asia countries, similarly United States efforts compared to its same income group countries and Europe leads in greening culture. Trends show that good governance comes with good performance. Aspects that were taken into consideration includes income group, carbon emission, clean drinking water, general sanitation, legislations, energy dependence and so on. Thus putting pressure into getting accurate data for the assessment a priority before other mitigation measures could be done.

The 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 149 countries on 25 indicators tracked across six established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Water Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources, and Climate Change Change. The EPI identifies broadly-accepted targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. As a quantitative gauge of pollution control and natural resource management results, the Index provides a powerful tool for improving policy-making and shifting environmental decision-making onto firmer analytic foundations.

Source:

Newsweek 7-14 July 2008, page 43-49
Special Report: Environment – Green Countries
A Global Report Card on Nations Doing the Most, and Least, to Clean Up the Environment
by Fred Guterl & Barrett Sheridan.
Environmental Performance Index 2008

 

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