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ACEEE: “United Kingdom Tops in Energy Efficiency, U.S. Lags in 9th Place” (Canada Lags Further in 11th)

A recent report by the American Council for Energy Efficiency ranked twelve major economies on their energy efficiency.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Germany
  3. Italy
  4. Japan
  5. France
  6. The European Union, Australia, China (tie)
  7. United States
  8. Brazil
  9. Canada
  10. Russia

The report rated each economy on four measures (I’ve put Canada’s ratings in brackets): national effort (8th), buildings (11th), industry (10th), and transportation (11th).  If you’re curious how the other economies were rated, the ACEE provided a useful visual map.

As a Canadian I find this embarrassing and a reflection of the lack of leadership in our country.  It’s easy to blame our politicians, too easy when it comes to the Harper government (but that’s another topic).  What it really shows is Canadians aren’t doing enough and don’t seem to care.  The optimistic side of me says this is an opportunity.  A big one.  How can we get people to care?

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