(Montevideo, January 26, 2021, the Daily) .- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Green Future Index tracks 76 major countries on the basis of “their progress and commitment to carbon-free”. The index includes five categories: carbon emissions, renewable energy, sustainable society and innovation, and climate-friendly politics.
In form of Montevideo portal Announced, Uruguay ranks 20th on the index and is one of the so-called “green pioneers”, with 15 countries in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada. Due to political pressure, European countries are forced to invest in environmentally friendly measures and switch to renewable energy. Iceland, Denmark, Norway, France and Ireland are prominent on the list.
United States and China “Late Climate”
The United States and China – the two largest economies in the world – occupy 40 and 45 locations and thus belong to a group of “climate latecomers”. Both countries have suffered decades of mismanagement at the expense of the environment. For example, China must continue the energy transition, although about half of the world’s renewable energy is generated from wind and solar power there.
Canada, Singapore and Uruguay have been highlighted in the report as particularly non-European countries that have already developed strategies for decarbonization and changes in alternative energy sources, as well as government initiatives.
Uruguay ranks 10th in two categories: on the one hand, it includes the use of renewable energy, which “grows rapidly and contributes to a large proportion of the global energy mix”. On the other hand, the country achieved “the best performance in terms of innovation for clean energy”. A high score in this area goes hand in hand with “a relatively high number of green patents, investment in cross-border clean energy initiatives and investment in food technology”.
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