Is the Environmental Performance Index really faulty? | Data Point podcast

While the methodology has issues, experts say this is an opportunity for us to study where India stands 

Updated - July 29, 2022 01:11 am IST

Published - July 28, 2022 11:34 am IST

Last month, India protested over its ranking on the Environmental Performance Index of 2022, prepared by researchers at the Yale and Columbia Universities in the U.S. The report measures 40 performance indicators across 11 issue categories to measure the “state of sustainability around the world.” India was ranked last (180) with low scores across a range of indicators. The Indian Government as well as environment experts have pointed to the faulty methodology of the index that skews the results in favour of the Global North. 

In this podcast, The Hindu speaks with experts on the issues in the methodology, and what the state of India’s environment is actually like. 

Host: Sonikka Loganathan

Guests: Anant Sudarshan, South Asia Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago; Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy and Governance at ATREE, Bengaluru, and Professor at IISER, Pune and SNU, Delhi; Chandra Bhushan, President and CEO of the International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST)

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