Denmark leads the Climate Protection Index – Germany loses two positions

Despite very ambitious goals and a huge number of projects in the sector of renewable energies and e-mobility Germany went down from number 6 to number 8 in the latest Climate Protection Index. However, Germany still belongs to the ten best ranked nations – all of them European. , all of which come from Europe. The Mexicans, who were trying very hard to improve their sustainability within the last couple of years, are now positioned as the best ranked Non-European country on the 14. position.

As not one nation was given the label „very good“ by Germanwatch, Denmark now holds the pole position with its rank 4. The second best ranking, which means rank 5, was given to Sweden. However the gap between Denmark and Sweden was quite remarkable. We are confident that the top ranking for the Danish is also a result of the countries efforts to establish e-mobility in the private and public sector.

Politics and industry working together

An example for the Danish activity regarding e-mobility is a current article in “Bild der Wissenschaft”: „Noise and smell could be over very soon – because the Danish are pushing e-mobility. The government and the energy suppliers have agreed on the goal to bring electric vehicles on the roads in a record braking time – and obviously these vehicles are not noisy and cause no pollution. Of course people are talking about e-mobilty all over the world – in Germany, Europe, the US and especially in China. However, no country is pushing as hard as Denmark.”

In addition during the last few years many interesting companies with exciting ideas have developed in Denmark. They all work on projects that aim to improve the efficiency of transportation in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. In our blog we have already introduced the Danish company Cleardrive:

“Initially AllAround will introduce 150 cars in the capital, as well as 25 cars at 5 major train stations in Denmark. AllAround cars are found and booked primarily via a smartphone. Most of the cars will be one-way cars. People will find the nearest car via smartphone, run their trip and drop the car where they want within a defined area. Statistically, there will always be a car within 250-500 meters from the user. But there will also be round-trip cars: They have a fixed location at a company or at a train station. The car must be returned to the fixed location within the agreed time. But there is another option that we think is really clever: Peer to Peer! All cars used by AllAround will contain car-sharing functionality – even when the cars are sold to individuals. If a private user or a group of users want to make the purchased car to a car-share, they just register the car on the AllArounds website. Then the car will be able to be rented from neighbours, family and local residents and AllAround customers generally. AllAround is responsibles for the booking, administration, billing and insurance.”

E-mobility matters

Despite several positive changes in some countries the overall conclusion of Germanwatch is worried. According to them no country is actually doing enough to slow down the climate change. For us this upshot is another proof that we should not only rely on public projects, subsidies and the legislative process. For EIGHT that means to keep on acting on the maxim: Do it!  Everybody is responsible – the public, businesses and every single individual. All of us have to act responsibly to slow down the climate change. If we succeed to wow people for new ideas, sustainable concepts and innovative products, then emissions-free e-mobility will help creating a future worth living.

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