Bhutan: The first carbon-negative country in the world

Fog-enshrouded temples nestled in mountainous terrain give you a glimpse of what makes Bhutan a top-travel destination. But this country has an added bonus: it’s a carbon-negative country, and was the first to carry a carbon-negative status in the world.

Despite its appeal, not many people travel to Bhutan. This is because the government of Bhutan has put steps in place to prevent massive amounts of tourists from entering the country at any given time.

And this is just one of the ways that Bhutan is making a commitment to conserving its environment. In fact, this country has emerged as a dark horse in both political and environmental progression.

The government of Bhutan has a history of basing political decisions on a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, and abandoning economic growth as their compass. It’s the only country in the world to make such a switch and the first country to become carbon negative.

Coincidence? We think not.

But the Kingdom of Bhutan stands out from the crowd. More than 70% of the country is covered in trees. This large amount of tree cover has seen Bhutan becoming a carbon sink – meaning that it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. Bhutan’s forests have the capacity to absorb millions of tons of carbon dioxide annually.