New report reveals huge opportunities for energy efficiency improvements globally.
It may not command the same level of celebration as its football World Cup victory, but Germany was last week named the most energy-efficient country in the world as part a major new report.
The second annual league table from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) confirmed that Germany has been ranked the world’s most energy-efficient economy, ahead of Italy, the European Union as a whole, China and France. The UK came in joint sixth place, alongside Japan, while the US was ranked 13th and Mexico came in last in the assessment of 16 major economies.
“We are very pleased that Germany ranks first in ACEEE’s analysis of energy efficiency efforts among the world’s 16 largest economies,” said Dr Philipp Ackermann of the German Embassy in Washington.
“We see this as a validation that Germany’s measures are bearingfruit in its ongoing efforts to transition towards a low-carbon and energy-efficient economy. At the same time, we will continue to strive for further improvements. Energy efficiency is the second pillar of Germany’s transformation of its energy system alongside the expansion of renewable energies. Every kilowatt hour of electricity that is not consumed saves on fossil fuels and the construction of power plants and grids.”
The rankings are based on assessment of 31 metrics, covering energy efficiency policies and actual performance across buildings, industry and transportation.
Germany was praised for its combination of energy and fuel efficiency targets, financing schemes, and ambitious building codes that have helped the country deliver some of the most energy-efficient infrastructure in the world.
“Germany is a prime example of a nation that has made energy efficiency a top priority,” said ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel, adding that other nations, including the US, should now look to embrace energy efficiency best practices. “The US, 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.”