Norway Ranked 1st in the Top 10 in Europe


Norway has been recognized as the most environmentally friendly European country with a total score of 73.3 out of 100, according to a recent study by Hemsol, as cited by Earth on January 24. The rank is attributed to its impressive renewable energy share in 2022.

The experts considered various factors to rank Europe’s greenest countries, such as renewable energy share, recycling rates, and carbon dioxide emissions. 

Aside from Norway at the first spot, which are the top ten countries considered the greenest in Europe?

2. Austria

Austria secured the second spot with a score of 68.89, primarily due to its citizens’ preference for public transport, significantly reducing car usage. Austria also stands out for its high recycling rate and commitment to the Paris Agreement, though it ranks sixth in carbon dioxide emissions.

3. Finland

Finland ranks third with a score of 62.31, following the implementation of a new Climate Act on July 1, 2022. The Act sets ambitious emission reduction targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

4. Iceland

Iceland, in fourth place with a score of 62.13, boasts one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions rates among the top ten European countries and the highest rate of renewable energy share. 

5. Sweden

With a score of 62.05, Sweden is notable for its extensive woodland areas and the second-highest renewable energy usage. Sweden’s goal is to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, with a minimum reduction of 85% from 1990 levels.

6. Estonia

Estonia, with a score of 54.66 is considered a green country in several aspects, particularly in its progress towards sustainability and environmental conservation.

7. Germany

Germany is recognized for its commitment to renewable energy, particularly solar and wind power, and its leadership in environmental technology. In the list, Germany is ranked seventh with a score of 52.06.

8. Luxembourg

Luxembourg with a score of 51.83 generally has high environmental standards, particularly in areas such as air and water quality, and waste management.

9. Switzerland

With a score of 51.75, Switzerland has strong environmental policies and legislation, focusing on preserving its natural landscapes and promoting sustainability. The country is known for its efficient waste management and high recycling rates.

10. Slovenia

Slovenia is noted for its biodiversity, forest conservation, and sustainable tourism practices. Ranked tenth, it garnered a score of 51.63 out of 100.


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