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 the United Kingdom.

In the 12 years since the passing of the Climate Change Act, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 28% and it has provided the foundation for the coordination and advancement of climate action in the UK, including a target of phasing out coal-fired power plants by 2023. This Act was updated in 2019 to include a net-zero 2050 emissions target, with the UK becoming the first major economy in the world to put such a target in law. 

The UK has shown great willingness to act meaningfully towards the mitigation of the climate crisis. If it meets its ambitious targets, it will set an example for the rest of the developed world that decarbonisation is possible without having to sacrifice economic performance. 

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: United Kingdom (UK) Rankings – Policy: 44, Pollution: 6, Climate Change: 7, Oceans: 58, Biodiversity: 179, Energy: 2, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 8.