Russia Ranked Among Most Energy-Efficient Global Economies
Russia is now part of the world’s 12 leading economies promoting energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The ACEEE team presented an across the board analysis of 12 of the world’s largest economies accounting for over 78% of global GDP, 63% of global energy consumption, and 62% of the global carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions in its report. These economic areas include Australia, Brazil, the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, China, Russia, the U.S., France, Japan, and the European Union as an entity. Researchers looked at 27 different metrics to evaluate how efficiently these economies use energy. In the ACEEE methodology, each of the economies scored a percentage of the maximum score of 100%. Russia scored 36%, while Brazil and China are ahead of Russia with 41% and 56%, respectively. The best score of 67% went to the U.K.
The ACEEE report noted that Russia needs to improve policies related to investments in research and development for energy efficiency in manufacturing, adoption of appliance standards, and adoption of fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles. However, the report also stated that Russia has made many positive advances in recent years, including setting energy intensity reduction targets, expanding public investments, and encouraging private investments.