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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 t

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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