The Resource Intensity Index

Resource Efficiency Index: World Map

Resource Intensity Index World Map
Resource management is the ability to manage available resource (natural capital, human capital, financial capital) efficiently – regardless of whether the capital is scarce or abundant. Whether a country does or does not possess resources within its boundaries (natural and other resources), efficiency in using resources – whether domestic or imported – is a cost factor, affecting the competitiveness and thus wealth of nations. Over-exploitation of existing natural resources also affects the natural capital of the country, i.e. the ability of a country to support its population and economy with the required resources into the future.

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The Resource Intensity Rankings 2020

The resource intensity ranking is topped by Kenya, followed by Togo and Ethiopia – mainly due to low resource consumption. However, also highly developed economies achieve high rankings – Sweden (5), Luxembourg (6) and the UK (8) are all ranked within the top ten. However, the World’s economic powerhouses are ranked significantly lower – Germany on 77, Japan on 96, the US on 102, and China on 160. The low rankings indicate a distinctive potential for improving sustainable competitiveness through reducing resource intensity and resource management – i.e. reducing costs, at the end of the day.

2020 Resource Intensity Ranking

Rank CountryScore
1Democratic Republic of Congo70.04
2Ethiopia69.65
3Kenya69.55
4Luxembourg68.28
5United Kingdom67.27
6Denmark65.64
7Ireland64.41
8Ghana63.81
9Sweden63.71
10Uruguay63.29
11Switzerland63.12
12Tanzania62.94
13Lithuania62.30
14Zambia61.81
15Latvia61.54
16Nepal61.34
17El Salvador61.05
18Belize60.82
19Bangladesh60.82
20Cameroon60.16
21Nigeria60.00
22Burundi59.95
23Cote d'Ivoire59.84
24Togo59.38
25Zimbabwe59.22
26Niger58.09
27Nicaragua58.04
28Mozambique57.91
29Rwanda57.74
30Croatia57.70
31Guatemala57.67
32Eritrea57.64
33Honduras57.60
34Timor-Leste57.50
35Romania57.48
36Moldova57.11
37Costa Rica56.90
38France56.73
39Republic of Congo56.54
40Dominica56.45
41Liechtenstein56.35
42Yemen56.07
43Malta56.01
44Burkina Faso55.93
45Philippines55.76
46Senegal55.59
47Angola55.49
48Malawi55.34
49Kiribati55.28
50Finland55.27
51Jamaica55.18
52Gabon55.12
53Uganda55.01
54Benin55.00
55Liberia54.87
56Chad54.82
57Guinea54.62
58Italy54.59
59Burma54.59
60Guinea-Bissau54.43
Rank CountryScore
61Cuba54.41
62Papua New Guinea54.37
63Bolivia53.81
64Gambia53.51
65Mali53.29
66Tonga53.25
67Cambodia53.06
68Paraguay52.70
69Sierra Leone52.69
70Germany52.68
71Peru52.49
72Sao Tome and Principe52.49
73Haiti52.48
74Iceland52.04
75Micronesia52.01
76Brazil52.01
77Spain51.95
78Chile51.78
79Portugal51.72
80New Zealand51.66
81Vanuatu51.47
82Equatorial Guinea51.14
83Sudan51.13
84Madagascar50.87
85Sri Lanka50.79
86Maldives50.70
87India50.64
88Lesotho50.63
89Samoa50.55
90Tajikistan50.44
91Djibouti50.32
92Comoros50.21
93Fiji50.11
94Slovakia50.08
95Estonia49.84
96Colombia49.83
97Albania49.71
98Georgia49.60
99Macedonia49.29
100Austria49.10
101Solomon Islands49.04
102Armenia48.89
103Netherlands48.87
104Swaziland48.82
105Central African Republic48.77
106Guyana48.67
107Venezuela48.56
108Syria48.44
109Hungary48.34
110Thailand48.25
111Namibia48.21
112Argentina47.93
113Belgium47.84
114Laos47.77
115Mexico47.68
116USA47.54
117Uzbekistan47.48
118Jordan47.43
119Panama46.69
120Dominican Republic46.56
Rank CountryScore
121Norway46.42
122Azerbaijan46.32
123Libya46.05
124Greece46.03
125Indonesia45.58
126Morocco45.48
127Ecuador45.47
128Kyrgistan45.46
129Montenegro45.46
130Cyprus45.37
131Tunisia45.24
132Japan44.92
133Suriname44.61
134Serbia44.43
135Israel44.05
136Botswana43.96
137West Bank and Gaza43.35
138Bulgaria43.22
139Pakistan43.13
140Slovenia43.11
141Australia43.03
142Mauritius42.63
143Poland42.60
144Bosnia and Herzegovina42.60
145Bahrain42.40
146Brunei42.36
147Grenada41.86
148Ukraine41.86
149Egypt41.48
150Bhutan41.45
151Cape Verde41.03
152Mauritania40.69
153Bahamas40.10
154Czech Republic40.01
155Lebanon39.88
156Algeria39.76
157China39.58
158Vietnam39.18
159Belarus38.96
160Singapore38.96
161Turkey38.87
162Trinidad and Tobago38.78
163Russia38.76
164Mongolia38.24
165St. Kitts and Nevis38.20
166Canada37.13
167Afghanistan36.82
168Iraq35.57
169South Africa35.48
170Iran35.29
171Malaysia34.65
172United Arab Emirates33.44
173Saudi Arabia33.15
174Kazakhstan33.02
175Qatar33.01
176South Korea31.87
177Turkmenistan30.55
178Seychelles29.24
179Kuwait27.33
180Oman26.86
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