What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient? [Report]

As emerging economies continue to expand, their energy needs are set to grow dramatically in the coming years. The International Energy Agency has even predicted that global energy use will increase by 30 percent over the next two and a half decades.

With crude oil the source of so much volatility around the world, there is no question that the the future of energy will be based on countries dedicated to alternative, renewable sources. So, which countries are the most energy efficient?

most energy efficient country
most energy efficient country

Well, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked the world’s 16 largest economies, which account for nearly three quarters of global electricity consumption. This is based on 31 metrics, spanning energy use in buildings, industry, and transportation. It includes things like the country’s national energy savings goals, vehicle fuel economy standards, and energy consumed per foot of floor space.

4 Most Energy Efficient Countries

1. Australia

The United States ranks among the least efficient, at number thirteen. But across the board, Germany saw the greatest energy efficiency, scoring well in all metrics, but especially industry. According to the report, German industry and manufacturing is the second most fuel efficient in the world, with plans to far surpass the current leader, Australia, by 2020.

2. Germany

Energy efficiency in Germany
Energy efficiency in Germany

Part of the reason Germany is doing so well is a national policy, dedicated to lowering energy use, known as Energiewende, or Energy Transition. The goal of this program is to stop using coal and other non-renewable energy sources like oil. Clearly, it has been working so far. In 2014, Germany accounted for half of the new wind farms in the EU, and has been leading the world in energy efficiency.

3. Italy

In an extremely close second place overall, Italy actually surpasses Germany in transportation. Although they tie with the UK for vehicle fuel efficiency, at nearly 40 miles per gallon on average, Italians also travel the least per capita. This low impact, high efficiency makes Italy a world leader in transit energy.

Additionally, Italy tends to prioritize its rail system over its roads, leading to more people taking the train, and thereby saving considerable energy. Still, Italy continues to primarily use fossil fuels, and actually scores the worst in terms of commercial building energy efficiency.

4. China

When it comes to buildings, China takes the lead. Their polluting past and wide range of energy inefficiency may hold them back. But China’s residential buildings use less energy per square foot than any other country in the report. This is partially due to strict building codes, and the fact that energy intensity is one of the country’s top priorities.

China's Energy Efficiency
China’s Energy Efficiency

And despite being known for wastefulness, between 1980 and 2010, energy consumption increased five times, while the economy grew. Between Germany, Italy, and China, emerging countries can look at their journeys towards energy efficiency, and fine tune their own programs for maximum output.

country with most energy efficient
country with most energy efficient

Still, every country surveyed has a long way to go, and plenty of areas to improve. Hopefully, 2018 will see even greater use of renewable and alternative energies.

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Is China Really the Leader in Green Energy?

Human caused Global Warming is basically an accepted fact in most parts of the World. But one of the biggest polluters has just announced they’re backing out of the agreement. Can you guess who that is? That’s right. It’s us. Or the U.S., if you’re not us.

And while that will be catastrophic for the world because of the whole sea level rise and droughts and hurricanes thing, it could also be a serious blunder for the U.S. economically. Saving the planet means changing how we produce and use energy. Two favorite alternative sources are solar and wind.

If the whole world is going to want these renewables, then whoever can make the best, cheapest, most efficient solar panels or wind turbines will win. It’s a wind-win, if you will. And that brings us back to the United States, and our will-they-or-won’t they relationship with accepting climate change. While other nations invest tens and even hundreds of billions in renewables, we could be stuck offering a product that nobody wants anymore.

Leader of Green Energy
Leader of Green Energy

Who is the Leader of Green Energy?

Eventually if we do come around, we’ll likely have to rely on importing technology that was developed elsewhere. Considering an American invented the solar cell in 1941, that’s a heck of a lead to blow. So, if we’re not taking the lead on this, who is?


China has plenty of coal to meet their needs, so you might think they, like coal and natural gas loving America, would be inclined to keep on burning. But Chinese cities are famously polluted, and it’s hard to ignore when cities of 10s of millions of people ask if they can just breathe a little bit better, please?

China Leader of Green Energy
China Leader of Green Energy

China’s Plan for Green Energy

China has answered in a big way. They started with a 5 year plan to raise wind output nearly 63 percent and more than double solar production by 2020. They’re also constructing 20 new nuclear power plants with more planned, using and improving on technology from the west.

According to one report, they could spend as much as $782 Billion dollars to meet their emission targets by 2030. Why isn’t the US following suit? In a word, politics. Somehow climate science has become a partisan issue over here, and conservatives tend to write it off as a liberal cause.

Many conservatives see solutions to global warming as something that could hurt the economy. Basically, environmental restrictions can get in the way of businesses doing business. However, there are some on the right that see an economic opportunity with solving some issues surrounding man-made global warming.

Debbie Dooley, a founder of the far right Tea Party, is a big advocate for solar power and has gotten bans on solar lifted in Georgia because she believes consumers should have a choice. James Cason, the republican mayor of Coral Gables, Florida believes people everywhere should worry about sea level rise because of how much of our economy is dependent on goods coming in and out of ports.

Even if you don’t believe in climate change, investing in renewable energy is the smart thing to do. It’s what the rest of the world is demanding, and the first rule of sales is to give the people what they want. Investing in solar and wind could not only save the world as we know it, but we could make a buck while we’re at it. What’s more American than that?

Environmentalism may be a partisan issue now, but it didn’t use to be this way. Matt Morales follows how we got to this point in his video here. Even if you’re a climate skeptic, do you still think it’s worth investing in green technology?

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