The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) has ranked Seychelles as the most improved country over the past decade in terms of its climate and energy strategies.
This biennial report, produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, attributes this ranking to the Seychelles’ commitment to combating greenhouse gas emissions through implementing new policies and schemes.
A ‘smart’ approach
This has been achieved through its active efforts in increasing renewable power installations and looking at smarter technologies.
Speaking with Seychelles News Agency, the Principal Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, Wills Agricole, explained: “Seychelles has stepped up its effort over the previous years in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the transition to renewable sources of power through introducing smart renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes in both domestics and commercials sectors.”
In addition, Agricole said: “The increase of imported hybrids and electric vehicles in the country, which consume less fossil fuel and emit fewer pollutants into the atmosphere, hence decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from economic activity, has contributed to this marked improvement."
To secure a higher EPI ranking in 2019, Agricole said that the Island needs to “improve on data collection, reporting, and verification across a range of environmental issues urgently.”
The EPI builds on the best available global data from international research entities, such as the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the World Resources Institute, and the Sea Around Us Project at the University of British Columbia, as well as international organisations such as the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
View the full report here.
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