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Norway announced as “greenest country in Europe”

A new study by solar experts Hemsol has revealed that Norway is the greenest country in Europe.

The study used data from the European Environment Agency, the Odyssee-Mure Project and the Energy Institute to create an index with factors such as renewable energy share, recycling rates and carbon dioxide emissions to find out which European country can be considered the ‘greenest’ and most environmentally friendly. 

Norway takes top spot thanks to its high renewable energy share recorded in 2022, despite having high carbon dioxide emissions per capita and large amounts of farmland area. 

Second is Austria, which registered the highest share of passenger traffic on public transport in Europe, as its citizens are deciding to be more eco-friendly by not using their cars as much.  

Finland comes in third place, whose government recently enacted a new Climate Act, effective as of 1 July 2022.  

Further down on the list, Iceland takes fourth place with one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions rates in the top 10 and the highest rate of renewable energy share of all Europe.  

The top five closes with Sweden, which has a high rate of woodland area and the second-best share of renewable energy use.  

“It’s interesting to see how six of the countries in the top 10 are Northern European and how all Scandinavian countries figure in the top five,” said William Bergmark, founder of Hemsol. This is a testament to their commitment to the environmental cause more than anyone else in Europe, and this can be seen both in the data and in the practical regulations that they have put in place both at home and that they have pledged to help with internationally.”   


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Published On: 25/01/2024 14:05:00


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“Through the focus on these four pillars, the partnership delivers in the key areas of its distribution and supply chain. This is very important to our customers and us, and we know that by extending our partnership with XPO for a further five years, we can make additional significant progress towards reaching net zero.” 

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