Latin America: sustainability ranking 2020

Costa Rica was considered the most sustainable country in Latin America, according to a ranking evaluating a series of indicators in selected countries in the region, with an index score of 85.01. Uruguay ranked second, with a score of 71.73, followed by Brazil, with 66.88 points.
The ranking was compiled based on stardard indicators within seven categories, referring to data from 2016 and 2017. The index score ranges from 0 to 100, where 100 represents the best performance within a category.

Sustainability ranking of selected Latin American countries as of 2020

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Release date

March 2020


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

2016 and 2017

Supplementary notes

The ranking was compiled by AméricaEconomía based on standardized indicators with publication year of 2016 and 2017. Indicator values were retrieved from sources which include the Latin American Energy Organization, World Bank, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact, International Energy Agency, World Health Organization, OECD, and FAO-UN.
The ranking considers seven categories, each with a respective weight on the final result: emissions of greenhouse gases (28%), urban air quality (20%), energetic matrix (16%), environmental taxes (16%), water resources management (8%), biodiversity and forest management (6%), and agricultural contamination (6%).
For each category, the country with the best indicator receives a score of 100%, and the corresponding proportion score of the remaining countries is calculated.

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