Germany, Italy and Japan top world energy efficiency rankings
Still room for improvement
The ACEEE report notes that the United States, which improved its standing by tying with South Korea for 8th place, still has substantial room for improvement. Nadel adds, “Despite its leadership on a number of policies, the United States falls behind most of the EU countries on our list in addition to China and Japan. The United States still has no binding energy savings goals, unlike Germany, France, Japan, and other countries which have a national energy conservation plan in place. The United States could take advantage of existing efficiency opportunities by mandating building energy use disclosure polices and categorical labels for appliances.”
Other possible areas of improvement for the US would be in passenger vehicle fuel economy, public transportation, the efficiency of freight transport, water efficiency policy, and requirements for large companies to conduct energy audits and hire energy managers.
About the report
The maximum possible score for a country was 100. ACEEE awarded 25 points each to the four categories: national efforts, buildings, industry, and transportation. Points were then allocated in each category based on how each country performed relative to others. ACEEE awarded the highest score available for a given metric to at least one country, which means that if any country were to emulate the top practices and results in each metric, it could obtain a score of 100. However, no country scored full points on all the metrics, indicating that all of them have room for improvement. The report’s scores and rankings were reviewed by experts from various countries.