The World’s Greenest Countries Revealed

Does your country make the cut?


Source: eCO2 Greetings

With ice caps melting at an alarming rate and worldwide coral reefs at risk of dying, we are becoming more aware of the role we play in combating global warming and saving the environment. But have you ever wondered if you’re living in a green country? This interactive map reveals all.

Using Yale data that measures the Environmental Performance Index, the interactive map reveals the World’s Greenest Countries. The environmental performance index (EPI) ranks performance of countries based on issues in two environmental areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems.

Finland is the greenest country of us all, with an EPI rating of 90.68, leading the way with their commitment to achieve a carbon-neutral society by 2050. Followed closely by Iceland and Sweden who bagged 2nd and 3rd spots.

There are 196 countries in the world, and the map also reports the UK and USA are lagging behind the environmental evolution. The UK were just shy of landing a place in the world’s top 10 greenest countries, and instead took 12th place with an EPI score of 87.38. In 2016 the UK’s wind power made history and overtook coal for electricity generation for the first time.

With an EPI score of 84.72, the USA have Obama’s historic conservation to thank for their Top 30 spot. 22 new parks were added to the US National Park system during his eight years in office, and he created the two largest marine reserves on Earth!

Those lucky enough to call their country a pioneer in the World’s Greenest Countries Top 10 include:

  1. Finland. With an EPI score of 90.68.
  2. Iceland. With an EPI score of 90.51.
  3. Sweden. With an EPI score of 90.43.
  4. Denmark. With an EPI score of 89.21.
  5. Slovenia. With an EPI score of 88.98.
  6. Spain. With an EPI score of 88.91.
  7. Portugal. With an EPI score of 88.63.
  8. Estonia. With an EPI score of 88.59.
  9. Malta. With an EPI score of 88.48.
  10. France. With an EPI score of 88.20.

It may, or may not come as a surprise to some that all of the Top 10 Greenest Countries are European. Projects including the world’s first solar panel road in Normandy, France, and plans to get rooftop gardens on buses and bus stops in Madrid, Spain, to combat CO2 emissions are original, important and revolutionary. The rest of the world needs to take note!

By: Roxanne Bracknell

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