Germany has emerged as the world leader in energy efficiency once again while eight nations joined the rankings for the first time, according to a report released this week by the US-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  

Tied for second place are Japan and Italy, followed by France. The UK holds the number four slot although the ACEEE said its ranking does not reflect ‘energy-related government changes in 2016’.

Entering the rankings this year are Indonesia (at number 18), the Netherlands (11), Poland (12), Saudi Arabia (23), South Africa (21), Taiwan (13), Thailand (20) and Turkey (15).

The report awarded points out of a possible 100 for 35 policy and performance metrics in buildings, industry, transportation and overall national energy efficiency efforts.

The ACEEE’s home country, the US, came in at number 8, tied with South Korea and up from 14th place in 2014.

ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel said: ‘Energy efficiency is often the lowest-cost means of meeting new demand for energy. Governments that encourage investment in energy efficiency and implement supporting policies save citizens money, reduce dependence on energy imports, and reduce pollution. Yet energy efficiency remains massively underutilized globally, despite its proven multiple benefits and its potential to become the single largest resource to meet growing energy demand worldwide.’

The full report is available here