By Gary Thomas
The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published for the first time by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a non-profit organization, has reported that the UK tops in energy efficiency closely followed by Germany, Italy and Japan. Among a total of 12 economies worldwide, the report notes that the US has progressed very little towards better efficiency, placing it in the 9th place.
The rankings are based on the time-tested approach of ACEEE to energy efficiency ranking of the US states and this report covers 12 of the largest economies of the world, Brazil, Australia, China, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the US, the UK, the EU and Russia. These 12 economies together represent more than 78% of global GDP, 62% of carbon-dioxide equivalent carbon emissions and 63% of global energy consumption.
There were 27 categories and a scale of 100 points, the ranking was (1) the United Kingdom; (2) Germany; (3) Italy; (4) Japan; (5) France; (6) the European Union, Australia, and China (3-way tie); (9) the U.S.; (10) Brazil; (11) Canada; and (12) Russia.
The 27 categories were divided across four key sections and the top-scoring countries were Germany for national efforts, China for buildings, the UK for industry and tie between China, Germany Italy and UK for transportation.
The report outlines suggestions for the US, which include the following:
- National energy savings target
- Manufacturing efficiency
- Investment in R&D
- Financial incentives
- Efficient power plants
- Efficient power distribution
- Output-based emission standards
- Appliance standards
- Building codes
- Combined heat and power
- Public transit
- Vehicle miles traveled
- Fuel economy for passenger vehicles
- Fuel economy for heavy duty vehicles
The ACEEE ranking system notes both performance and policy metrics in order to determine the overall energy efficiency of a country.