In the bottom half of a global, clean energy transition ranking, Vietnam languishes far behind many of its neighbors.
Vietnam placed 65th out of 115 economies in 2020 Energy Transition Index, released by World Economic Forum (WEF), down nine spots from last year to continue lagging behind many other Southeast Asian countries.
The ranking measured countries and territories on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability based on 40 indicators grouped into two sub-indices.
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam ranked lower than Singapore (13th), Malaysia (38th), Brunei (49th), Thailand (53rd), and the Philippines (57th).
In the region, Vietnam did better than Indonesia (70th) and Cambodia (91st).
The country gained an average score of 53.5 percentage points out of 100, lower than the global average of 55.1.