The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2016 ranks 126 countries on their ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy. Switzerland ranks No.1 on the index.
The performance of the 12 largest economies by 2014 GDP in the EAPI 2016, accounting for nearly 70% of world gross domestic product (GDP), is still visibly lagging across the EAPI energy triangle, a consequence of the relative scale and complexity of their energy sectors.
Out of the 12 nations, only France (4th) sits among the top 10 performers on the index.
The remaining 11 largest economies and their respective scores on the EAPI are: United States (48th), China (94th), Japan (50th), Germany (24th), United Kingdom (16th), Brazil (25th), Italy (22nd), India (90th), Russian Federation (52nd), Canada (30th) and Australia (53rd).
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Energy is the lifeblood of modern economic and human activity, with most consumed for mobility, by industry and in households. Yet around 1.3 billion people lack access to affordable modern energy, impeding development. While energy enables economic development, it contributes around two-thirds of global GHG emissions and is, therefore, a critical focus area in tackling climate change. Once characterized by slow and steady change, the energy system is now going through significant transformation, driven by a blend of innovation, major policy changes and changing consumer demands.