Major Powers; Only Brazil, Canada, Russia Score Lower

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Major Powers; Only Brazil, Canada, Russia Score Lower


Byline: Sarah Freishtat, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The United States ranked ninth out of 12 major industrial powers in overall energy efficiency, according to a new survey released Thursday.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's International Energy-Efficiency Scorecard ranked the world's 12 largest economies based on 27 measures, including energy use in buildings, fuel-efficiency standards, and spending on manufacturing research and development. The United Kingdom ranked highest, with an overall score of 67 out of 100, while the U.S. scored 47.

It means energy efficiency has got to be the front and center of our policies, Robert Ichord, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, said Thursday at a Washington news conference at which the results were released.

Only Brazil, Canada and Russia scored lower than the U.S. The U.K. was closely followed by Germany, with countries such as France, Australia and China further down on the list.

The U.S. ranked fourth behind China, Australia and the European Union in the buildings category, one of the four major grouping of the survey's criteria, which also included transportation, industry and national efforts.

The buildings category covered such measures as energy use in buildings, building codes, appliance and equipment standards, and energy-efficiency labeling requirements.

However, the U.S. came in last in the transportation section, which included total miles traveled, fuel economy, use of public transit and energy efficiency in freight shipping. …

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