Leading countries in sustainability, benchmarks for all

Leading countries in sustainability, benchmarks for all

The world cries out for solutions to stop the effects of climate change and guarantee the preservation of the environment. To respond to this call with diligence, Europe and especially the Nordic countries have taken action on the matter and through their meetings, policies and programs have set out to achieve an energy transition that has made them a world benchmark for sustainability thanks to their verifiable success with favorable statistics.

Overcoming environmental challenges is not an easy task, but countries such as Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Finland have strengthened their economies around green energy, have increased their competitiveness and have known how to educate society on ecological matters.

In the specific case of Sweden, this country, thanks to its actions that promote citizen awareness and its plans that avoid depending on oil, aims to be the first nation to obtain fossil-free welfare status. In this sense, their numbers indicate that 99.5% of household waste is recycled, 54.6% of energy (used in electricity and heating) comes from renewable sources, and their trains and buses use renewable fuel.

These indicators are not by chance. They are the product of the joint effort that derives from important political meetings. In the Nordic Council, leaders and heads of government made the commitment to make the region the most sustainable by 2030. To this end, Norway launched a plan to cut emissions of gases from fossil fuels in order to achieve the climate neutrality for the year fixed in the intergovernmental agreement. Another of the country’s strengths that has allowed it to appear as a benchmark in ecological and economic matters has been to encourage aquaculture with a self-sustaining path.

Denmark is not far behind. This country has implemented strict policies in the framework of curbing climate change. One example of this is that it was proposed to sanction companies that exceed energy consumption, increased the price of non-renewable energy and created campaigns to replace the use of cars with bicycles.

In that order, it is easy to determine then that a sustainable country is synonymous with reduced CO2 emissions, greater investment in environmentally friendly transport, numerous green spaces, informed and conscientious communities, and institutional and civil work together.

Commitment requires will on the part of all the actors involved in the hard work of mitigating pollution and caring for the planet.

Other countries that stand out for their green numbers are Switzerland, which managed to reduce its carbon footprint; Australia whose next goal is to use only renewable energy; Luxembourg with 20% of its territory designated as protected; Spain endowed with green areas, community gardens and a robust green energy trade; Austria with a high recycling rate, and Germany with its abundant electric cars.

Some aspects that measure the sustainability of a country are air quality, gas emissions, drinking water conditions, waste treatment (landfills and recycling), the presence of heavy metals in the environment and protected areas. Due to their favorable scores in these sections, the Nordic countries are considered sustainable and lead the world rankings.

However, states such as Singapore and the Netherlands also have excellent wastewater management, positioning them as a global benchmark.

Something that is deeply striking is that Europe – is without a doubt – the continent with the best results obtained when implementing its policies to conserve the environment. For its part, in relation to  the other regions of the globe, one of the leaders in Asia is Japan, just as Chile is in the South American region.

Having said all this, IC Corporation closely follows the conventions, policies and programs implemented in the countries mentioned throughout this text, in order to copy the successful models and replicate them in any country where they request the services of the corporation. Our values are framed in the goal of reducing greenhouse gases and in the ideal – not unattainable – of building societies with high awareness of the environment and industrial systems powered by green energy.

The road ahead in America is still long, but by joining the efforts of leaders and all sectors involved, it is possible to reduce the harmful effects of climate change. Investing in research and creating stimuli in the development, implementation and use of technologies in energy matters will always be the north of IC Corporation and in this extensive journey it is expected to add committed wills that take the above-mentioned European countries as an example.

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