Germany ranked most energy efficient nation in the world

Washington-based non-profit ranks the US below India

By Ankur Paliwal
Published: Thursday 17 September 2015

Germany is pushing renewable energy in a big way. Seen in pic is Feldheim village which has its own mini-grid and meets all its energy requirement locally through renewable energy (ENERGIEQUELLE)

Germany is the most energy efficient economy in the world, followed by Italy, the European Union, China, and France. This is according to the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington based non-profit. Beating the US, India stands 11th in the list of 16 major world economies the council studied. The US was ranked 13th. India, along with Mexico, South Korea and Spain were the new entrants in the list.

The other countries are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom. These 16 economies represent over 81 per cent of global gross domestic product and 71 per cent of global energy consumption.

In its second edition, the ACEEE report  analysed energy use at the national level, as well as in three sectors primarily responsible for energy consumption—buildings, industry, and transportation. Germany topped in the industry category, China in buildings and Italy in transportation. ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel said, “Germany is a prime example of a nation that has made energy efficiency a top priority. The United States, long considered an innovative and competitive world leader, has progressed slowly.”

The ACEEE ranking system looked at both “policy metrics” and “performance metrics” to measure a country’s overall energy efficiency. Examples of “policy metrics” include the presence of a national energy savings target, fuel economy standards for vehicles, and energy efficiency standards for appliances. The “performance metrics” measure energy use and provide quantifiable results. For example, “performance metrics” include average miles per gallon of on-road passenger vehicles and energy consumed per square foot of floor space in residential buildings.


Delighted with the announcement, Philipp Ackermann, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said, “We will continue to strive for further improvements. Energy efficiency is the second pillar of Germany’s energy transformation alongside the expansion of renewable energies. Every kilowatt hour of electricity that is not consumed saves on fossil fuels and the construction of power plants and grids.” Down To Earth reported about Germany's energy transformation saying that the country is becoming a torchbearer in energy transformation.

The report points that US's energy story is disappointing. “The inefficiency in the US economy means a tremendous waste of energy resources and money. US falls behind Canada, Australia, India, and South Korea. These countries may have an economic advantage over the United States because using less energy to produce and transport the same economic output costs them less. Their efforts to improve efficiency likely make their economies more nimble and resilient,” says the report.

ACEEE gives a number of recommendations for the United States, highlighting four major opportunities for increased energy efficiency: passing a national energy savings target; strengthening national model building energy codes; supporting education and training in the industrial sectors; and prioritizing.

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