EXPRESS #3 - July 10, 2018
Scorecard: Germany and Italy the most energy efficient countries in the world, Saudi Arabia the least
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) produces an annual ranking of energy efficiency among 25 major global economies. The rankings are based on 36 policy and performance metrics spread over four categories: buildings, industry, transportation, and overall national energy efficiency progress.
Here are the final scores:
The list more or less speaks for itself. What is interesting to note is the changes that have taken place over the last four years, which are displayed in this chart:
This table shows that the European countries have made steady improvements in their scores, claiming many of the top spots in the rankings between 2014 and 2018. The United States, Canada, and China have seen significant fluctuations in their scores. All three countries peaked in 2016 and have seen slight dips in their scores in 2018 due to methodology and policy changes. Among the developing countries, India and Mexico have continued to make steady progress in their scores and ranks. Australia has gone steadily down and has dropped 8 places, ranking now just before Ukraine and behind such countries as Indonesia, India and Mexico.