Top 10 Eco-Friendly Countries

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12 November 2012

A tiny nation in the South Pacific has become the first in the world to be completely solar powered. What other destinations top the list for most environmentally friendly countries? Find out here!

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It’s a tiny nation in the South Pacific, but it’s managed to make a big environmental change. Tokelau, which is an independent territory of New Zealand and comprises the islands of Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo, has become the first nation to become entirely dependent on solar power for all its energy needs.

With funding from the New Zealand government, Tokelau has constructed solar panels that produce 150 percent of the island’s electricity needs. And when the sun is unable to provide enough energy, such as on cloudy days and in the evenings, the islands will use coconut oil to produce power.

Previously, Tokelau relied on some 2,000 barrels of diesel per year to generate electricity—a trend in many remote South Pacific communities. The importing of fossil fuels is a huge financial and environmental drain on the region, especially in places such as Tokelau, which is perhaps one of the most remote of the South Pacific destinations. The closest atoll is approximately 500 kilometres north of Samoa, and there are no air landing strips or wharves. To access Tokelau, visitors need to take a boat from Samoa to the edge of Tokelau’s reefs; a landing barge then takes them onto shore.

If the project is successful, we could see plenty of other South Pacific islands following suit, creating a true environmentally friendly corner of the globe.

What other countries are recognized for sustainability? Here are our picks for the world’s top 10 eco-friendly countries!

 

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica holds its rainforests and high biodiversity as a top priority. Deemed the world's ‘most natural conservation area,' Costa Rica protects more than 27% of its land by creating a network of Wildlife Refuges, Biological Reserves and National Parks.

 

Did we miss any? What country would you pick as the most environmentally friendly?

T+E Staff