The World’s Most Eco-Friendly People


Do you watch how much you throw away? Keep track of your CO2 emissions? Have an eye on your energy usage? It all contributes to your impact on the world – and now you can see how you compare to others, both in your country and across the globe based on new analysis from MoneySuperMarket.

The study visualises the way people across the world affect the environment. The new interactive map highlights the breakdown of the different measurements that make up the average individual human impact in each country including energy consumption, air pollution and reliance on non-renewable energy. The report has found that the British public are individually greener than the citizens of France, Germany and America. The French fare slightly worse, with green power at a low-ranking 17 per cent of their total usage. They also throw away seven per cent more waste than the UK every day. Check out how your country measures up here.

Some other interesting results include:

  • The United States was ranked 2nd worst overall for individual impact on the world, while Mozambique was ranked as the best.
  • Britons use 57% less energy than Americans – and their energy is 77% greener though most households are overpaying on energy bills
  • Trinidad and Tobago, ranked as the world’s worst polluters, produces an eye-watering 37.1 tonnes of CO2 per person per year – 118 per cent more than the United States.

The most eco-friendly country: Mozambique

At the top of the list, people from Mozambique have the least impact of anyone anywhere – using almost 100 per cent green energy, producing almost no carbon dioxide and creating almost no waste. Their only disadvantage is that they don’t treat any of their wastewater, so anything that gets poured away stays as it is.

The world’s worst polluters

On the other end of the scale, Trinidad and Tobago uses more energy per person than anywhere else – and only 0.23 per cent of it is green. The country also produces an eye-watering 37.1 tonnes of CO2 per person per year – 118 per cent more than the United States.

Greenest of the green

The UK does well on most of the measurements, but there’s a lot to learn from the countries near the top of the rankings – many of them, like Ethiopia and Zambia, have managed to move over to nearly 100 per cent green energy.

While it may be difficult for individuals to adopt green energy on a personal level, many of the countries that appear at the top of the rankings do so as a result of what they throw away – or more specifically, what they don’t. Many of the highest-ranked countries produce minimal waste.

“We wanted to know what our personal input to the environment was,” said Stephen Murray, Energy Expert at MoneySuperMarket, “Everyone wants to get their carbon footprint down, but now we can see exactly how the UK compares to the rest of the world – it really puts it in perspective.”

To see the world by the human impact, have a look at MoneySuperMarket’s interactive map here, or to see the major salient points that came out of the study, have look at the infographic.

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