World Cup winners Germany have another award to put in their trophy case, after the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked the nation first in terms of energy efficiency.
Germany topped the rankings due to its mandatory laws, requiring residential and commercial buildings to drop energy consumption by 20% by 2020.
Italy came second in the rankings, due to its energy efficient transportation, followed by the European Union as a whole and China and France, joint fourth. Britain followed in fifth place.
The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Bottom of the table
The United States ranked 13th and was described as a nation which wastes a tremendous amount of energy.
Australia was tenth on the list and was singled out as a nation “going backwards”. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is sceptical about the impact of climate change and recently played down UN reports stating Australia would become more at risk of extreme weather due to climate change.
Russia, Brazil and Mexico rounded off the bottom of the table.
How are rankings worked out?
The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks the world’s most prominent economies, based on energy efficiency programmes and initiatives. The rankings include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 31 indicators are taken into account and each of those ranked can score up to a maximum of 100 points. Points are awarded in four categories, including energy efficient buildings, industry, transport and national effort.