This country isn't just carbon neutral: it's carbon negative (Video)
Categories: Green, Energy
Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country's mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.
Bhutan pledged to reforest its land of which two-thirds is already covered by forests. Bhutan is in fact already considered the world leading ‘carbon negative’ country, as it sucks up three times the CO2 emissions that the 700,000 population produces, turning the country into a carbon sink according to the the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s(ECUI) ‘carbon comparator’ tool. In 2014 Bhutan broke a world record for trees planted in one day – 50,000 – and its commitment to reforestation is set to break new records. However, large portions of the country still lack access to the electricity grid.