Which country is the best in the world at energy efficiency?

Blog Post | July 10, 2014 - 9:36 am
By Rachel Young, Senior Research Analyst, National Policy

As the World Cup comes to a close, fans are wondering which country will claim the championship. But the World Cup is not the only international competition coming to an exciting end next week. On July 17, ACEEE will release its 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which will showcase winning energy efficiency policies and programs from around the globe.

This is our second iteration of the International Scorecard and this year we initiated a shakeup of the metrics and the countries included in the report. We added new metrics and improved the scoring. The 2014 International Scorecard will include 31 metrics, covering new topics such as investment in energy efficiency by the private sector, water efficiency, agricultural efficiency, [no-glossary]building retrofit policies, and heavy-duty fuel economy standards. We have improved the precision of some of our existing metrics. For example, the industrial energy intensity metric is now weighted to reflect structural differences in economies.[/no-glossary]

We’ve also added four countries to the official lineup of competitors: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain. They’ll join the 2012 veterans, which are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are the top economies in the world, and represent 71 percent of global gross domestic product and 79 percent of global energy consumption.

Tune in next week to see who in the world is the strongest (and who is the weakest) on energy efficiency policies and programs. The results may surprise you!