CAIRO: The Egyptian environmental performance has improved internationally over the past two years, according to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI).
Egypt ranked the 50th out of 178 countries with a score of 61.11, after it ranked 60th in 2012.
According to EPI, in ten years the change in Egypt reached 9.67 percent according to the Environmental Performance Index.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued its annual report for environment statistics on Sunday, including the international report of the Environmental Performance Index issued by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, which said there is an improvement in the Egyptian environmental performance.
The emissions of carbon dioxide from petroleum products and natural gas reached 191.6 million metric tons in 2011/2012, contrary to 182 million metric tons in 2010/2011, the report added.
Produced pure water reached 8.92 billion cubic meters on 2011/2012, contrary to 8.51 billion cubic meters.
According to green prophet newspaper, “Egypt topped the list for the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa region)” in the last environmental ranking.
The performance of countries is based on air pollution, water resources, forestry, fisheries, health impacts, agriculture, climate, energy and biodiversity, according to the Environmental Performance Index.
Yale University and Columbia University released the world Environmental Performance Index every two years.
The top five countries in the Environmental Performance Index in 2014 were Switzerland, Luxembourg, Australia, Singapore and Czech Republic. The two countries who ranked last were Mali and Somalia.