The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) looks at sustainability around the world. It ranks countries – 180 of them – on environmental health and the vitality of their ecosystems.


Top of the tree? Denmark.


Indeed, the whole top 10 is European countries, including Switzerland, Luxembourg and Austria.


You have to go down to 12th, and Japan, to leave the continent. You can view the full list here.


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32 indicators are arranged into 11 issue categories and two policy objectives.

Why measure performance?


The index's authors say that measuring performance helps identify where more work is needed and how close countries are to environmental policy targets.


"EPI indicators provide a way to spot problems, set targets, track trends, understand outcomes, and identify best policy practices," they write.


The COVID-19 pandemic has also reminded us of the "profound interdependence of all nations and the importance of investing in resilience", they add.


You can read more about the methodology on the EPI website.


A 'Great Reset'


Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Economic Forum's Great Reset initiative is calling on the world to rebuild the foundations of our economic and social system.


We should look towards a fairer, more sustainable and more resilient future. "If there is one critical lesson to learn from this crisis, it is that we need to put nature at the heart of how we operate," HRH The Prince of Wales said at the launch.


Joe MyersWriter, Formative Content