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What are the most Environment-Friendly Countries?

World map depicting Environment-Friendly Countries

It has been decades that the world has been under a constant threat of global warming, climate change and several other environmental issues. Thus, many nations have adopted environmental-friendly solutions like use of renewable energy, recycled products and green technologies. Innovations have brought the use of solar and wind power in several regions around the world.

Environmental Performance Index is released annually with collaboration of World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and it considers the environmental policies of all the countries which are taken into consideration. The 2018 Environmental Performance Index ranked 180 countries based on 24 indicators, regarding health of environment and ecosystem vitality.

Air quality is a persistent threat to our environment, as air pollution is on a rise around the world, especially in the urban areas where population, traffic and industrialization is increasing day by day. Air-borne diseases have been one of the major reasons for deaths around the world. However, many nations have become alert and are improvising the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions over the past ten years.

The latest advancements in environmental science and analysis have been brought into use for the estimations, and Switzerland has emerged at the top position. The country is claimed to have the best air-quality and the climate is well-protected. This proves how the nation will exhibit good scores in terms of protecting public health and preserving natural resources. In the index, the nation has scored 87.42.

Nations that have ranked high on the list and have scored above 80 are – France, Denmark, Malta and Sweden. The United Kingdom comes close attaining a score of 79.89.

Among the BRICS nations, it is Russia which has scored the most, and that is, 63.79. On the other hand, India performed the least with a score of just 30.57. In fact, it is ranked at fourth last position in the index.

The young country, Burundi ranked the lowest in the Environmental Performance Index, having a score of just 27.43.

Low rankings on the Environment Index indicate that the country needs to make more efforts for environment sustainability, and in protection of biodiversity. Some of the nations have low scores because of broader problems like civil unrest and weak governance. Policymakers need to take serious actions to retain the well-being of people.

For a better understanding of how each nation has fared on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, refer to the table below.

2018 EPI RANKINGS
Rank Country Score
1 Switzerland 87.42
2 France 83.95
3 Denmark 81.6
4 Malta 80.9
5 Sweden 80.51
6 United Kingdom 79.89
7 Luxembourg 79.12
8 Austria 78.97
9 Ireland 78.77
10 Finland 78.64
11 Iceland 78.57
12 Spain 78.39
13 Germany 78.37
14 Norway 77.49
15 Belgium 77.38
16 Italy 76.96
17 New Zealand 75.96
18 Netherlands 75.46
19 Israel 75.01
20 Japan 74.69
21 Australia 74.12
22 Greece 73.6
23 Taiwan 72.84
24 Cyprus 72.6
25 Canada 72.18
26 Portugal 71.91
27 United States of America 71.19
28 Slovakia 70.6
29 Lithuania 69.33
30 Bulgaria 67.85
30 Costa Rica 67.85
32 Qatar 67.8
33 Czech Republic 67.68
34 Slovenia 67.57
35 Trinidad and Tobago 67.36
36 St. Vincent & Grenadines 66.48
37 Latvia 66.12
38 Turkmenistan 66.1
39 Seychelles 66.02
40 Albania 65.46
41 Croatia 65.45
42 Colombia 65.22
43 Hungary 65.01
44 Belarus 64.98
45 Romania 64.78
46 Dominican Republic 64.71
47 Uruguay 64.65
48 Estonia 64.31
49 Singapore 64.23
50 Poland 64.11
51 Venezuela 63.89
52 Russia 63.79
53 Brunei Darussalam 63.57
54 Morocco 63.47
55 Cuba 63.42
56 Panama 62.71
57 Tonga 62.49
58 Tunisia 62.35
59 Azerbaijan 62.33
60 South Korea 62.3
61 Kuwait 62.28
62 Jordan 62.2
63 Armenia 62.07
64 Peru 61.92
65 Montenegro 61.33
66 Egypt 61.21
67 Lebanon 61.08
68 Macedonia 61.06
69 Brazil 60.7
70 Sri Lanka 60.61
71 Equatorial Guinea 60.4
72 Mexico 59.69
73 Dominica 59.38
74 Argentina 59.3
75 Malaysia 59.22
76 Antigua and Barbuda 59.18
77 United Arab Emirates 58.9
78 Jamaica 58.58
79 Namibia 58.46
80 Iran 58.16
81 Belize 57.79
82 Philippines 57.65
83 Mongolia 57.51
84 Serbia 57.49
84 Chile 57.49
86 Saudi Arabia 57.47
87 Ecuador 57.42
88 Algeria 57.18
89 Cabo Verde 56.94
90 Mauritius 56.63
91 Saint Lucia 56.18
92 Bolivia 55.98
93 Barbados 55.76
94 Georgia 55.69
95 Kiribati 55.26
96 Bahrain 55.15
97 Nicaragua 55.04
98 Bahamas 54.99
99 Kyrgyzstan 54.86
100 Nigeria 54.76
101 Kazakhstan 54.56
102 Samoa 54.5
103 Suriname 54.2
104 São Tomé and Príncipe 54.01
105 Paraguay 53.93
106 El Salvador 53.91
107 Fiji 53.09
108 Turkey 52.96
109 Ukraine 52.87
110 Guatemala 52.33
111 Maldives 52.14
112 Moldova 51.97
113 Botswana 51.7
114 Honduras 51.51
115 Sudan 51.49
116 Oman 51.32
117 Zambia 50.97
118 Grenada 50.93
119 Tanzania 50.83
120 China 50.74
121 Thailand 49.88
122 Micronesia 49.8
123 Libya 49.79
124 Ghana 49.66
125 Timor-Leste 49.54
126 Senegal 49.52
127 Malawi 49.21
128 Guyana 47.93
129 Tajikistan 47.85
130 Kenya 47.25
131 Bhutan 47.22
132 Vietnam 46.96
133 Indonesia 46.92
134 Guinea 46.62
135 Mozambique 46.37
136 Uzbekistan 45.88
137 Chad 45.34
138 Myanmar 45.32
139 Côte d’Ivoire 45.25
140 Gabon 45.05
141 Ethiopia 44.78
142 South Africa 44.73
143 Guinea-Bissau 44.67
144 Vanuatu 44.55
145 Uganda 44.28
146 Comoros 44.24
147 Mali 43.71
148 Rwanda 43.68
149 Zimbabwe 43.41
150 Cambodia 43.23
151 Solomon Islands 43.22
152 Iraq 43.2
153 Laos 42.94
154 Burkina Faso 42.83
155 Sierra Leone 42.54
156 Gambia 42.42
157 Republic of the Congo 42.39
158 Bosnia and Herzegovina 41.84
159 Togo 41.78
160 Liberia 41.62
161 Cameroon 40.81
162 Swaziland 40.32
163 Djibouti 40.04
164 Papua New Guinea 39.35
165 Eritrea 39.34
166 Mauritania 39.24
167 Benin 38.17
168 Afghanistan 37.74
169 Pakistan 37.5
170 Angola 37.44
171 Central African Republic 36.42
172 Niger 35.74
173 Lesotho 33.78
174 Haiti 33.74
175 Madagascar 33.73
176 Nepal 31.44
177 India 30.57
178 Democratic Republic of the Congo 30.41
179 Bangladesh 29.56
180 Burundi 27.43

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