Kenya has the cleanest air in the world, report says


Kenya is ranked as the country with the cleanest air in the world, according to a new report by Eco Experts.

The renewable energy firm based used data from the World health Organisation (WHO) to compile a list of “the most toxic” countries in the world. Kenya comes in last with the lowest score on five different factors and Africa in general scores very well in the study.


Kenya’s cleanest air

In the study, each country is ranked on five key factors based on data from WHO:


  • Energy consumption, per capita
  • Carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion, per capita
  • Air pollution
  • Deaths attributed to air pollution, per 100,000 capita
  • Renewable energy production


A global map of the study’s findings shows parts of Africa, South America and South East Asia ranks among the cleanest in the world.


Source: the Eco Experts


The 10 least toxic countries in the world, according to the report, are Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Zambia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Congo DR.

As for the most toxic countries in the world, the Middle East stands out as the worst performing region:


  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. Kuwait
  3. Bahrain
  4. Qatar
  5. UAE
  6. Oman
  7. Turkmenistan
  8. Libya
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Trinidad & Tobago


Air pollution in Kenya

Despite ranking as the world’s cleanest country for air pollution, there are still challenges for Kenya to overcome. More than 14,000 Kenyans are known to die every year from health conditions which can be traced back to air pollution.

The biggest contributors to air pollution in Kenya wood and kerosene, which are widely burned for cooking and lighting – particularly in poor communities. The expanding motor industry in Kenya is also becoming a concern for the country, as is the case for many developing countries that currently rank low on the air pollution index.

The concern is these countries will also rank poorly as development and industrialisation continue to spread.


Featured image: the Eco Experts

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.