U.S. Ranked in Bottom 5 for Energy Efficiency
Which nation is the most energy efficient of them all?
That would be Germany. The US, once the bastion of energy innovation, is 13th on a global list of 16 counties, falling behind nations like India, Canada and South Korea.
One measure of the health of an economy is efficiency: worker output per hour. Energy efficiency -- the amount of generated energy needed to perform a task -- is another important measure because it covers a range of concerns: money being wasted on inefficiencies, pollution that affects the health care costs of young and old alike, and stress on an aging energy infrastructure. It is, in fact, a measure of how productive our economy is, and how resilient in the face of swings in temperature, storms, usage during large events created by people or weather. As droughts grow throughout the west and southwest, those will also effect energy, as our energy uses vast amounts of water, and water uses vast amounts of energy to move from place to place.
For all these reasons, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annually releases an International Energy Efficiency Scorecard measuring the energy efficiency of 16 of the world’s largest economies.This year four countries weren added to the 2014 report that were not included in the 2012 version: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain. The 16 economies of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Russia, U.K., U.S., & European Union account for 71 percent of global gross domestic product. The nations will be compared in 31 different categories for energy efficiency.
ACEEE also publishes a widely followed annual scorecard that ranks U.S. states on energy efficiency as well as a city energy efficiency scorecard that ranks U.S. cities and municipalities.
The report was presented by:
- ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel;
- Rep. Peter Welch (Vermont), U.S. House of Representatives;
- Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; and
- ACEEE Research Analyst Rachel Young.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit http://aceee.org.