June 7, 2014

US ranks behind China in energy efficiency

Since the EPA recently announced that this agency will take its goal of clean air seriously, we've read a lot about how difficult it will since China and other countries are still burning LOTS of coal in obsolete power plants without CO2 scrubbers.

But listen to this. China is better than the US in energy efficiency.

The 2012 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranked12 of the world's largest economies, representing over 78 percent of global gross domestic product, 63 percent of global energy consumption, and 62 percent of the global carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions.


The rankings include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Over 25 different energy efficiency indicators or "metrics" have been analyzed for each economy ranked in the report. The rankings are determined by a total score out of 100 possible points.


Points can be earned in four difference categories including buildings, industry, and transportation, as well as metrics that track cross-cutting aspects of energy use at the national level.


The 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard will be released in the summer of 2014 with more countries and more metrics.

But see where we stood two years ago. No reason to feel smug. We are a red country, and China is not. Kudos to the UK for being #1.