Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Argentina.

In late October 2019, Alberto Fernández was elected President, replacing Mauricio Macri in office, and it is uncertain how this will affect the country’s climate policy. President Fernández’ election platform included a vague section on environment and sustainable development, but it remains unclear how this will translate into policy. 

Under former President Macri, Argentina showed significant progress in mitigating the climate crisis by adopting policies such as the “Biofuels Law,” the “Renewable Energy Law” and a carbon tax. In July 2019, Argentina declared a climate emergency and a draft Climate Change Law was passed. Macri also announced the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, although the development of these policies is unclear given the change of government. However, there was also a push by parts of Macri’s government towards the exploitation of domestic fossil resources.

Argentina is currently going through an economic crisis, which, under the former government, resulted in changes in the structure of ministries with the objective of decreasing government spending. Whether there will be new changes under the new government remains to be seen.

Global Sustainability Index Argentina

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Argentina Rankings – Policy: 89, Pollution: 74, Climate Change: 42, Oceans: 119, Biodiversity: 101, Energy: 21, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 104.