The Philippines ranks fifth in the top five countries fighting climate change, according to global research conducted by Kalon Surf, a luxury surf resort in Costa Rica.
On top of the list is Costa Rica, followed by Morocco, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
In the bottom five of the list are the United States, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, and Ireland.
“In 2018, the Philippines pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The country, with a population of 104 million residents, intends to reduce carbon emissions from its energy, transport, waste, forestry, and industry sectors. As a surfing hotspot, these changes can help preserve the Philippines’ beaches and reduce pollution,” Kalon Surf noted.
Other information regarding the Philippines that were noted in the research include the following:
- The Philippines produced 1.24 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita in 2016.
- On average, each person in the Philippines used 5,539 kilowatt-hours of energy in 2015.
- 24.3% of the energy generated by the Philippines was renewable in 2016.
- The Philippines generated 182.5 kilograms of municipal solid waste per capita in 2016.
Kalon Surf conducted the research by compiling a list of countries that are well-known for their surfing beaches and compared their rankings on the Climate Change Performance Index and Climate Action Tracker.