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The 10 most “green” countries in the world

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The 10 most “green” countries in the world

Lots of countries are “going green” or in other terms adopting renewable
energy solutions as a measure of protecting themselves against the ill effects of
global warming or climate change. Some of the strategies countries employ to
ensure less and less emitted carbon into the atmosphere include; recycling,
using renewable energy like wind or solar, promoting the use of green
products, driving hybrid vehicles, etc.

Every year countries are ranked using the Environmental Performance Index
(EPI), a method which basically measures the performance of over 163 world
governments’ environmental policies in combating climate change and
fostering environmental conservation. A list was recently availed detailing the
strides that countries are making in an effort to go green. Here are the 10 most green countries in the world.

10. Colombia

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At number 10 in the EPI index is Colombia, a South American country that has
made great steps in implementing green energy solutions. Reeling from the
effects of deforestation, Colombia picked itself up and has made crucial steps in
ensuring that it does not repeat the same environmental mistakes it did. Some
of the changes that the country made in promoting environmental conservation
include; using bamboo for construction project instead of steel, promoting the
use of eco-friendly products, fighting deforestation, allocation of national parks
to save endemic species, etc.

9. Cuba

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Cuba is another country that continues to employ vibrant environmental
solutions that essentially prevents carbon emissions. The country has made
significant strides in eliminating the use of illegal pesticides which largely
contributed to the pollution of the environment. The country primarily
generates its power through hydroelectricity and as a result, the government of
Cuba launched an ambitious green energy policy to ensure that every Cuban
home is connected to a hydro station nearby. Additionally, the Cuban
government has been relentless in soil conservation efforts through the
lowering of sea level.

8. Austria

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Austria has, over the years, implemented green energy policies to a great
success. The countries latest green policy involves collaborating with the
Czech Republic to create eco-friendly gardens along the borderline of the two
countries. Some of the floras cultivated in this noble initiative include; herbs,
fruits, trees, flowers etc. No pesticides are used in the general maintenance of the
garden.

7. France

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France is another country doing very well in terms of conserving the
environment through the use of renewable energy. France has been particularly
impressive in how it uses eco fuels, organic farming, and renewable energy like
solar power. The French government has incentivized the use of solar energy by
reducing taxes of anybody that decides to uses solar panels to power their
homes. As if that’s not all, the country has been quick in adopting eco friendly
products like straw bales which are essentially used in the construction industry.

6. Mauritius

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Mauritius the only African country in the EPI performance
index in environmental conservation. The country administration has been at
the forefront of promoting the use of eco friendly products as well as
recycling. Mauritius generally powers all its operations using energy generated
from hydroelectricity.

5. Norway

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After feeling the effects of global warming or climate change, Norway had to
act fast in conserving the environment. Prior to implementing green energy
solutions, Norway experienced the effects of global warming largely as a result
of the sheer fact that its Northern part is closer to the melting arctic. Some of
the pivotal measures the country took to prevent the looming environmental
disaster include; the use of eco fuels, renewable energy and recycling.

4. Sweden

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Sweden is a top ranking destination when it comes to conserving the
environment through the use of eco friendly products. Aside from using green
products, the country scored heavily on the index largely as a result of the fact that its people are deeply advanced in the implementation to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the year 2020. The country has also received numerous praise for the way they have been able to protect their forest cover. Additionally, the country is well known for its use of dust for heating-produced by the vibrant lumbar industry. There are plenty of other green strategies that the country employs to ensure that its population does not suffer from the effects of global warming.

3. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is another perfect example of a small country doing great things.
The Latin American country has performed considerably well in implementing
environmentally sound policies. The country primarily uses energy derived
from renewable sources to power its operation. The Costa Rican government
recently set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021. Massive reforestation
is taking place with over 5 million trees already planted in last 3-5 years.
Deforestation is now a thing of the past with the government tightening
loopholes that led to the situation.

2. Switzerland

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Switzerland is the second greenest country on the planet, after Iceland. The
country has, in the past, occupied the number one spot as the greenest country on
earth. The Switzerland government and its people have achieved remarkable
success in creating a greener society. Apart from using renewable energy and
eco friendly products, the people are generally brought to task on the
importance of ensuring that they live in a clean environment. For instance,
disposing trash generally attracts a certain amount of fees. Additionally people
do not use cars very often, instead opting to use bicycles for transportation
especially when strolling in city. In fact in some towns cars are actually
prohibited.

1. Iceland

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Iceland is the top green destination in the world today. The country’s
breathtaking nature aside, the people of Iceland have made remarkable progress
in implementing green energy policies. For instance, geothermal is widely used
to generate electricity; while heating needs have been taken care of by use of
hydrogen. The country’s main energy source is renewable energy (geothermal
and hydrogen) which accounts to over 82% of the total energy used. The
country is really working towards being 100% green energy efficient. Above all, the country policies encourage things like recycling, use of eco fuel, use of green products, minimal driving among a host of other eco friendly measures

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