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Finland ranked the greenest country in the world

Finland ranked the greenest country in the world

Feb 3, 2016
Renewables & smart grid
Air quality
Clean water

Finland tops the Environmental Performance Index 2016 (EPI) that ranks the greenest countries in the world. Finland is followed by Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Slovenia.

EPI ranks the performance of 180 countries on high-priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems. The index is created by Yale and Columbia universities along with the World Economic Forum. EPI is constructed through the calculation and aggregation of nine categories that include more than 20 indicators: agriculture, air quality, biodiversity and habitat, climate and energy, fisheries, forests, health impacts, water and sanitation, and water resources.

According to the report, Finland’s top ranking is mostly based on country’s societal commitment to achieve carbon-neutral society that does not exceed nature’s carrying capacity by 2050. The report indicates that Finland has actionable goals and measurable indicators of sustainable development. Finland performed well especially in the areas of health, water categories, air quality, and climate and energy. In the forests category, measuring tree cover loss, Finland has its lowest ranking. 

The report shows there are promising global trends in health impacts, access to drinking water and sanitation while air quality and fisheries are growing concerns.

Read full EPI report and country rankings.

Source: Good News from Finland

Image: Visit Finland

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