This is world’s only country to have negative carbon footprint

Bhutan has stepped onto the international stage as the first country to become carbon negative. Bhutan is a small land-locked country in the Himalayas situated between India and China, with a population of approximately 790,000 people, and a bold promise to remain carbon neutral for all time. Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative.

Recent figures show that Bhutan generates only 2.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), but the forest sequesters more than three times that amount. This means they are a net carbon sink for more than four million tonnes of CO2 each year. Additionally, Bhutan exports most of the renewable electricity generated by their fast-flowing rivers, which offsets about six million tonnes of CO2. At this rate, by 2020, Bhutan will be exporting enough electricity to offset 17 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

It is important to recognise that Bhutan is a small, non-industrialised nation and their environmental method would undoubtedly see challenges at a larger scale.

Bhutan provides a tangible example of seeking to balance the care for environmental sustainability, preservation of culture and the economic growth of a nation. Promising to remain carbon neutral for all time is something all nations can strive for.
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