US Far Less Energy Efficient Than Other Major Economies – Survey

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy‘s first-ever global survey showed the United States fared poorly, ranking ninth among 12 of the world’s largest economies, reports Maria Gallucci at Inside Climate News. The council’s recently released International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, showed the United Kingdom in first place, thanks to efficient industrial and transportation sectors. Germany was a close second  due to strong national leadership across its entire economy. The next three spots were held by Japan, Italy and France. The European Union, Australia and China had a three-way tie for sixth place, and then, following a significant drop in score, came the United States, followed closely by Brazil, Canada and Russia.  The scores were based on countries’ performance and policies in four sectors: buildings, industry, transportation and energy use at the national level. High scores are important, noted council Director Steven Nadel because   “countries that use energy more efficiently require fewer resources to achieve the same goals, thus reducing costs, preserving valuable natural resources and creating jobs.” Many of the higher-ranking countries had national energy-savings goals, mandatory energy audits in factories, frequent use of public transportation and fuel-efficient cars.

Source:

U.S. Ranks Ninth Out of 12 Countries in Energy Efficiency  (Maria Gallucci, InsideClimate News)  http://insideclimatenews.org/breaking-news/20120713/us-ranks-ninth-out-12-countries-energy-efficiency

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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