Sustainability: The Philippines

September 2021

Aggravated by high waste and ocean pollution, low environmental resilience and minimal biodiversity security, the Philippines ranks at the bottom of the Global Sustainability Index. A high poverty rate, low electrification and non-universal access to water aggravate the country’s potential to fight increasing exposure to climate change. Limited coping capacities increasingly place the Philippines at risk from rising pollution and increasing natural disasters.

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Sustainability: The Philippines

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Philippines amps up renewable energy targets in 2021
Government pushes ban on single-use plastics
The Philippines is working on a marine litter action plan to battle extensive ocean pollution
Elevated risk of water shortages despite one of the world’s highest precipitation levels
Despite heavy agricultural cultivation the Philippines fails to reduce inequality and poverty levels
Exposed to frequent earthquakes and typhoons, the country struggles to mitigate damage

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INDEX

Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: Philippines Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Philippines Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Philippines Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape: Philippines Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: Philippines Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Philippines Chart 7 Air Pollution: Philippines Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: Philippines Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Philippines Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: Philippines Chart 11 Water Ranking: Philippines Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: Philippines Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: Philippines Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Philippines Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: Philippines Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: Philippines Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Philippines Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: Philippines
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