Italy and Germany place first, US loses ground, Mexico improves - new ACEEE report ranking energy savings

(eceee news, 29 Jun 2018) Some countries do better than others in saving energy, but all can better use efficiency to meet their Paris Agreement climate goals, according to the 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The fourth biennial scorecard, published 26 June, ranks 25 of the world’s largest energy users on 36 efficiency metrics and highlights best practices countries can use to boost energy savings. For the first time, it includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ukraine.

Steve Nadel, ACEEE’s executive director, argues: “Our results show that all countries would benefit from adopting additional energy efficiency policies. These policies will reduce dependence on energy imports, create jobs, cut pollution, and save people and businesses money. They will also help countries remain globally competitive and meet climate goals,”

According to ACEEE, Germany scored best for national efforts, including cross-cutting targets and programs. Spain nabbed the top spot for buildings-related efforts, while Japan led on industry and France on transportation.

All evaluated countries have clear opportunities to save more energy, and efficiency will also be key to meeting international climate commitments writes ACEEE. Nations can learn from one another by emulating the best policies, practices, and performance featured in the Scorecard.

View the report here