The environmental Performance Index scrutinizes the world’s nations on both their ecosystem vitality and their environmental public health. From 11th place in 2008, Iceland rocketed straight to the top in the latest rankings Iceland racked up an impressive 93.5 out of 100 – that’s 4.4 points ahead of the next best country, Switzerland.
While they achieved top marks in forestry, water effects and air pollution, Iceland is getting some additional natural help due to its ability to use the power of volcanoes for its energy needs. The same underground power that wreaked havoc on international air travel last year is used to generate Iceland’s electricity and other forms of energy. In fact, 82% of Iceland’s energy comes from hydrogen and geothermal sources – even using hydrogen-powered busses. Iceland isn’t content to rest on their laurels – they’re planning on being coal and oil free by 2050.