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A new study from MoneySuperMarket reveals how people impact their environment, from different countries around the world. The new research highlights the individual contribution to the world’s climate – as well as highlighting areas for improvement for each country. The study helps identify the biggest contributors to negative environmental impact, but the results are also surprising, placing five African countries in the top 10 for lowest environmental impact.
According to the infographic, Mozambique was number one in the global rankings, with the lowest human impact on the environment per person. Nearly all of the energy they use is produced from green energy (99.87%), and they only produce 0.14 kg of waste per person per day (America produces 2.58 kg).
Using the interactive map you can view 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. See the MoneySuperMarket human impact interactive map here.
Elsewhere in Africa, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya and Ghana also ranked 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th respectively.
Africa as a continent topped the charts and featured strongly in their use of green energy, their low CO2 emissions and their low levels of air pollution and waste production.
Ethiopia scored particularly low in its energy consumption, with each person only using an average of 1.75 BTUs per year. By contrast, Trinidadians top the list, using a grand total of 757.54 BTUs per year.
Zambia had the lowest CO2 emissions, with only 0.07 tonnes per person, whereas in Trinidad and Tobago, the worst country for environmental impact, the CO2 emissions are an average of 37.1 tonnes per person.
Kenyans ranked well with the third lowest air pollution rates (4.3 µg/m3). In comparison, China has the worst air pollution in the infographic (47.2 µg/m3).
Ghana ranked 7th and have the lowest municipal waste level per person (0.09 kg per day), compared to Irish citizens who amass 3.58 kg per day.
However, South Africa ranked as one of the ten worst countries for its impact on the environment.
In comparison with other African countries, South Africa came out worst for their human impact on the environment, along with Trinidad and Tobago, the US and China.
Only 1.01% of South Africa’s energy comes from green sources, which is second only to Trinidad and Tobago.
South Africa’s CO2 emissions equate to 9.3 tonnes per person, compared to Mozambique’s levels of just 0.1 tonnes per person.
However, South Africa’s air pollution rates were not as high as Ethiopia’s or Ghana’s, at levels of 5.7 µg/m3.