Portugal ranks as one of greenest countries in Europe

in News · 10-07-2020 01:00:00 · 5 Comments

Portugal has been ranked as the fourth greenest country in the EU across six categories (waste, energy, greenhouse gases, air quality, freshwater and natural land), outranked only by Sweden (first), Norway (second) and Iceland (third).

NimbleFins, a personal finance website that conducts research and analysis on a variety of topics, has looked further into which EU countries are the greenest by analysing environmental data from the European Environmental Agency, Eurostat and the WHO (World Health Organisation).

With consistent showing across the board, Portugal ranks in the top half of every category with particular strength in energy and air quality categories.

Portugal gets 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources, which beats the study average of 25 percent, while also using a low amount of non-renewable energy (1.7 tonnes of oil per capita) compared to the study average of 2.8 tonnes.

The air quality is measured by the concentration of PM2.5 (air pollution particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter) per cubic metre. Sweden, Iceland and Finland tied for first place in this category with a value of 5.9 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre, while Portugal found itself in sixth place with a value of 7.9 micrograms per cubic metre, still with a better value than the study average of 12.3.


Yes, you're right Ana. And it's usually people that don't have Portuguese names that complain the most. Like my mother use to say, "misery loves company."

By William from Other on 15-07-2020 05:35

What’s with this journal comment section that always seems to attract the whiniest residents.

By Ana Romero from Other on 14-07-2020 03:30

Here I thought this was about green gardens and clean air to breathe but it was more about using toxic chemicals to put dirty waste plastic to newly made pillows.

By Kari Lehto from Other on 10-07-2020 05:29

The 4th Greenest Country?? By color?
It saddens me to remind everybody what “green” might mean.
Portugal’s fleet of fuming diesel vehicles certainly not! Measuring PPM a million miles away from civilisation is not relevant at all. All the asbestos covering the countries roofs is definitely not “green”. The intense use of single use plastic does not cut it either. Hosting IPCC meetings at the Algarve for peasants who can not afford travel otherwise is also a disgrace.
SO WHAT THE F__&$#% are you talking about?

By Tom Randony from Algarve on 10-07-2020 02:10

Great. If Portugals industry and tourism collapses completely the country might get even better. Please get real and compare the right things. An empty piece of desert by the ocean would accoring to this study be the ideal place.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 10-07-2020 08:44
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