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 Taiwan.

Taiwan is in an unfortunate position- it is committed to tackling the climate crisis, but as it is not recognised as a sovereign state by most world agencies, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its potential to make meaningful changes is severely hindered as it cannot access international finance for green projects. However, the country has participated in the UNFCCC proceedings as an NGO called the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) since 1991.

The island nation is the world’s 29th biggest polluter and is 98% dependent on energy imports. A planned nuclear phase out, an insufficient infrastructure for the import and distribution of natural gas and inefficient financial frameworks to make solar and wind energy competitive with cheaper hydrocarbons are obstacles to pursuing climate action. Coal power plants make up 46% of the power supply which will grow with the nuclear phase out. 

Global Sustainability index taiwan

* Taiwan has been left out of these rankings.

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Taiwan Rankings – Policy: N/A, Pollution: 23, Climate Change: 59, Oceans: 77, Biodiversity: N/A, Energy: 49, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 92.