ACEEE Report Ranks Germany Is No. 1 in the World for Energy Efficiency

In this second edition of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) analyzes the world’s 16 largest economies, comprising more than 81% of global gross domestic product and about 71% of global electricity consumption. The ACEEE looked at 31 metrics, divided roughly in half between policies and quantifiable performance, to evaluate how efficiently these economies use energy.

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Germany is the global leader in energy efficiency, and the U.S., with its ingrained car culture, is among the least energy efficient of the world’s largest economies.

The new report says the U.S. scored 13th in global energy efficiency ranking, or near the bottom of the world’s 16 largest economies.

That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the ACEEE, which ranks the world’s 16 largest economies based on 31 different measurements of efficiency, including national energy savings targets, fuel economy standards for vehicles, efficiency standards for appliances, average vehicle mpg, and energy consumed per square foot of floor space in residential buildings, among other metrics.

The ACEEE report ranked the U.S. 13th overall, with Germany, Italy, smaller European Union nations, France and China making up the top five most energy efficient economies in the world.

Using energy more efficiently is a critical step countries can take to reduce their fossil fuels consumption and its related climate change-driving carbon dioxide and methane emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used state energy efficiency standards to help set CO2 emissions reductions goals for each state in the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, announced in June.

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Bobby Magill, Climate Central Published: Jul 22, 2014, 8:24 AM EDT