July 16th, 2012
According to a new survey released last week, we rank ninth out of 12 major industrial powers in overall energy efficiency.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s International Energy-Efficiency Scorecard ranked the world’s 12 largest economies based on 27 measures, including energy use in buildings, fuel-efficiency standards, and spending on manufacturing research and development. The United Kingdom ranked highest, with an overall score of 67 out of 100, while the U.S. scored 47.
“It means energy efficiency has got to be the front and center of our policies,” Robert Ichord, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, said at a Washington news conference at which the results were released. Only Brazil, Canada and Russia scored lower than the U.S. The U.K. was closely followed by Germany, with countries such as France, Australia and China further down on the list.
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