Energy ranking Germany, Italy and Japan top world energy efficiency rankings

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

The 3rd International Energy Efficiency Scorecard evaluated 23 of the largest energy-consuming countries in 35 categories.

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The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard
The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard
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Germany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published recently by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are eight nations: Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

Climber United States

Now in its third edition, the ACEEE report findings that the United States rose in the international rankings from #13 in 2014 to #8 in 2016.

On a scale of 100 possible points in 35 categories, the nations were ranked by ACEEE as follows: Germany (1), Italy (2, tied), Japan (2, tied), France (4), UK (5), China (6), Spain (7), South Korea (8, tied), United States (8, tied), Canada (10), Netherlands (11), Poland (12), Taiwan (13), India (14), Turkey (15), Australia (16), Russia (17), Indonesia (18), Mexico (19), Thailand (20), South Africa (21), Brazil (22), Saudi Arabia (23).

Together, these countries represent 75% of all the energy consumed on the planet and over 80% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The US rank was boosted by high scores in a number of new metrics added to the report for 2016 as well as improvements in energy intensity and energy use per dollar of GDP. The US also benefited from changes to the scoring methodology, which now allocates more weight to policy actions. The ACEEE report outlines a number of international best practices that the US could implement to improve its score.

Key role in Germany’s energy policy

ACEEE evaluated each country using 35 policy and performance metrics spread over four categories: buildings, industry, transportation, and overall national energy efficiency efforts. Germany scored the most points in the national efforts, buildings, and industry categories, while India tied with Italy and Japan for first place in transportation.

ACEEE's Executive Director Steven Nadel said, “Energy efficiency is often the lowest-cost means of meeting new demand for energy. Governments that encourage investment in energy efficiency and implement supporting policies save citizens money, reduce dependence on energy imports, and reduce pollution. Yet energy efficiency remains massively underutilized globally, despite its proven multiple benefits and its potential to become the single largest resource to meet growing energy demand worldwide.”

German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Senior Advisor for General Issues of Energy Efficiency Georg Maue said, “Energy efficiency plays a key role in Germany’s energy policy, the “Energiewende”, aims to achieve a highly efficient and almost carbon neutral economy by 2050 at the latest. Our latest program, the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), focuses on innovative industrial processes, energy-efficient buildings and products, and long-term investments. We are happy and grateful that ACEEE honours German efforts in its report. However, we will continue to step up our efforts as there is a long way to go for us to reach our target of reducing the energy demand by 50% by 2050.”

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