The 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard produced by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines the energy efficiency policies and performance of 23 of the world’s top energy-consuming countries. Together these nations represent 75% of all the energy consumed on the planet and, in 2013, accounted for over 80% of the world’s gross domestic product.
On the basis of 35 metrics, each country’s national commitment to energy efficiency is calculated as well as its efficiency policies and performance in the building, industry, and transportation sectors.
Germany claimed the top spot in the 2016 ranking with a score of 73.5 out of 100, while Italy and Japan tied for second place with a score of 68.5. The average score was 51 points.
Energy efficiency is often regarded as being one of the best and lowest-cost means of meeting new demand for energy. At the same time, despite this energy efficiency remains massively underutilized globally.
The concept plays a key role in Germany’s energy policy–the Energiewende (Energy Transition)–which aims to achieve a highly efficient and almost carbon neutral economy by 2050 at the latest. The National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), focuses on innovative industrial processes, energy-efficient buildings and products, and long-term investments.
“It is brilliant to see Germany’s efforts in energy efficiency recognised in the ACEEE scorecard,” said Rob Compton, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Smart Cities at federal economic development agency Germany Trade & Invest.
All countries evaluated in the ranking have substantial opportunities to improve their energy efficiency.
“In the long term, we can expect Germany to step up its efforts as it moves towards its target of halving primary energy consumption by 2050.”
Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from ACEEE and GTAI.