Monday, July 21, 2014

Germany Tops List in Energy Efficiency, U.S. Near the Bottom

Overall dismal report shows the U.S. outperformed only three of the world's largest economies on energy efficiency — Russia, Brazil and Mexico

By Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News
Jul 18, 2014

Germany leads the world in harnessing the benefits of energy efficiency, followed by Italy, the European Union, China and France, according to a new ranking of the world's 16 largest economies. The United States was near the bottom, placing 13th.

America's poor showing is sobering for a nation accustomed to being a world leader, and it could have economic consequences. "How can the United States compete in a global economy if it continues to waste money and energy that other countries save and can reinvest?" said Rachel Young, the principal author of the energy efficiency report card.

Even more sobering is the news that many of the countries are stalled or regressing on energy efficiency, and all them could save significantly more energy by embracing the full range of proven technologies and policies, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which produced the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard released on Thursday.

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