Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index – Europe
The European version of the SDG Index has been specifically developed by the SDSN in collaboration with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in order to capture progress of European countries (primarily EU member states) towards their SDG goals. The methodology is similar to that used by the global index, although it has been tweaked to the specific requirements of the EU based on recommendations by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), capturing 113 indicators using data primarily from Eurostat, the JRC and the European Environment Agency, among others. Thus, the index focuses on the most relevant policy issues for the EU leaving aside some aspects of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs that are less relevant (for instance mortality rate from malaria). As such, the main benefit of this index, apart from its comprehensive nature, is its enhanced relevance for European countries like Malta, since it focuses on those aspects of the SDGs that are the most applicable to EU member states given their socio-economic characteristics. The main drawbacks are related to the international comparability of the score, since it is limited to the EU, coupled with its very limited time series, which effectively only available for 2020. Based on this index, Malta is ranked 27th out of 31 countries, scoring poorly in areas like education, climate action, innovation and sustainable cities and communities. More information is available here.