The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the second edition of its International Scorecard, and declared Germany as the most energy efficient nation in the world. Sixteen leading nations that were examined for 31 performance and policy metrics that fell into four categories: buildings, industry, transportation, and national efforts. The United States ranked 13th, beating out only Russia, Brazil, and Mexico, and trailing a host of European nations as well as China, Canada, Japan, Australia, India, and South Korea. “Germany is a prime example of a nation that has made energy efficiency a top priority. The United States, long considered an innovative and competitive world leader, has progressed slowly and has made limited progress since our last report, even as Germany, Italy, China, and other nations surge ahead,” says ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel.
The report noted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon pollution standards for existing power plants will make a noteworthy improvement in the United States’ score, and it outlines a number of other steps to boost the United States in the international standings. It lists four goals for the U.S. corresponding to its metric categories, all of which call on congress or the federal government to take action: strengthen building energy codes, support energy education and training in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, prioritize energy efficiency in transportation spending, and pass national energy savings target legislation.