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Thursday, July 12, 2012

United States Trails Much Of The World In Energy Efficiency Efforts

A new study ranking the nations of the world in terms of energy efficiency has England in first place and the United States lagging behind in ninth.

The rankings were released Thursday by the non-profit American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ranking system measures a national overall energy efficiency by looking at both "policy metrics" and "performance metrics." 

The ACEEE says examples of  policy metrics include the existence of national energy savings targets, fuel economy standards for vehicles and efficiency standards for appliances. Examples of performance metrics include the amount of energy a nation consumes relative to its gross domestic product, average miles per gallon for passenger vehicles and the amount of energy consumed per square foot of floor space in residential dwellings.

The ACEEE study finds that in the past decade, the U.S.  has made "limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level.



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