When businesses recognise that green practices can be profitable, the world benefits. And that’s pretty much what’s been happening, according to Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, who says, “Green and responsible finance has the power to propel us toward an economically and environmentally sustainable future” Melissa Breyer at Treehugger agrees that the world is getting better in terms of environmental issues. She bases this on findings from the latest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) issued by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities and the World Economic Forum. The 2016 report “finds that there have been global improvements in climate and energy, health impacts and water and sanitation,” Breyer writes. Air pollution, on the other hand, is a serious problem, affecting wealthy, industrialised nations as well as poorer nations. Below, we look at some of the most environmentally friendly countries in Europe to see what opportunities they afford sustainability-minded entrepreneurs.