THE WORLD'S MOST ECO-FRIENDLY COUNTRIES
One of Franquicia de Suenos main policies is taking care of our planet through the use of
clean energy, implementation of environmental policy in franchised companies and care for
sustainable development. For that reason, we put together a list of countries that share our
views – we present you the world’s most environmentally friendly countries. Can you find
yours on the list?
With a sustainable development policy that has been in place since the early 1990s,
Finland leads the chart as the top eco-friendly country in the world. The reason for this is
its “societal commitment to achieve a carbon-neutral society” which wouldn’t surpass
nature’s carrying capacity by 2050. The country’s goal is to consume around 40% of its
final energy from renewable sources by 2020. Two-thirds of Finland’s electricity already
comes from renewable or nuclear power sources, and it performs excellently in the areas
of water and sanitation, biodiversity and health impacts.
- Iceland, Sweden and Denmark
Nordic countries are famous for their sound environmental policies, so it’s no
surprise that the rest of Scandinavia follows close behind Finland. All of the
mentioned have a long tradition in advancing the goals of sustainable development
both at the national level and jointly internationally. Iceland adopted its first national
strategy (“Welfare for the Future”) back in 2012 which created a framework for its
sustainable development through 2020 and set goals for environmental protection
and resource utilization. Sweden produced its first national sustainable energy
development strategy in 2002, and has been highlighting the issue of climate change
on numerous occasions throughout the years. As a member of the Open Working
Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Denmark has played a crucial role in
multiple areas from promoting gender equality to protecting the Earth. Nordic
countries as a whole set an example for the entire world when it comes to switching
to less contaminating energy sources and protecting our planet from further
- Slovenia, Spain, Portugal
Some might find it surprising that these three countries found their way in the top
10. However, Slovenia was the first country in the world to be declared a green
destination in 2016, with its 96%-compliance across 100 criteria. Its capital Ljubljana
was also crowned the European Green Capital that same year. Similarly, Spain is a
country that puts a lot of stress on ecotourism and has recently unveiled an
ambitious green home plan that encourages people to make their homes more eco-
friendly. In the recent years, Portugal has managed to achieve significant reduction in
the greenhouse emissions and has shown a lot of commitment and ambition when it
comes to introducing green laws.
- Estonia, Malta, France
The end of the list features three countries scattered over different parts of Europe.
All of them have shown promising trends in environmental thinking and regulator
policy and make great efforts regarding the protection of human health and
vulnerable ecosystems. Furthermore, France is the only G8 country ranking this high
on the list.
Healthy environments contribute to healthy lives; that’s why we have to do our very
best to prevent further pollution and turn to the renewable energy sources.
During the franchising process of your company, you can implement pro-ecological
procedures in your company to expect your franchisees to comply with them. Take
advantage of the opportunities offered by the franchise to improve the environment
in which we live