Belgium's environmental policy fails
TheEnvironmental Performance Indexis a survey of how well nations are meeting theirenvironmental policy goals, produced by Yale University and Columbia University. It measures the performance of 163 countries in ten categories including air pollution (effect on humans and on ecosystems), climate change, biodiverstity & habitat and agriculture. It isNOT a measure of eco-performance, but rather a policy-performance check.
So, where is Belgiumat? It stranded at a shameful 88th place, the 3th worst in Europe, with only Cyprus (96th) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (98th) left behind. Belgium scores particularly bad on meeting the goals for mitigating air pollution (and the effects on the ecosystem), and biodiversity.
What about ourneighbors? Luxembourg (41th) and the Netherlands (47th) can be found somewhere in the middle. Germany (17th) and the UK (14th) are doing already much better, while France (7th) is the best performer in our region.
Absolute winner isIceland, followed by Switzerland, Costa Rica and Sweden. Not suprising, since 100% of Iceland's electricity comes from renewable sources, mainly hydro en geothermal. The transport sector and the fishing sector are the only remaining sectors to use fossil fuels.
Rather surprisingly, theUStake the 61th place, way before Belgium. We may seem more concerned about the environment, the US succeeds better in attaining their goals. Less talking, more action...