What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient?


As emerging economies continue to expand,
their energy needs are set to grow dramatically in the coming years. The International Energy
Agency has even predicted that global energy use will increase by 30 percent over the next
two and a half decades. With crude oil the source of so much volatility around the world,
there is no question that the the future of energy will be based on countries dedicated
to alternative, renewable sources. So, which countries are the most energy efficient? Well, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy has ranked the world’s 16 largest economies, which account for nearly three
quarters of global electricity consumption. This is based on 31 metrics, spanning energy
use in buildings, industry, and transportation. It includes things like the country’s national
energy savings goals, vehicle fuel economy standards, and energy consumed per foot of
floor space. The United States ranks among the least efficient, at number thirteen. But across the board, Germany saw the greatest
energy efficiency, scoring well in all metrics, but especially industry. According to the
report, German industry and manufacturing is the second most fuel efficient in the world,
with plans to far surpass the current leader, Australia, by 2020. Part of the reason Germany
is doing so well is a national policy, dedicated to lowering energy use, known as Energiewende,
or Energy Transition. The goal of this program is to stop using coal and other non-renewable
energy sources like oil. Clearly, it has been working so far. In 2014, Germany accounted
for half of the new wind farms in the EU, and has been leading the world in energy efficiency. In an extremely close second place overall,
Italy actually surpasses Germany in transportation. Although they tie with the UK for vehicle
fuel efficiency, at nearly 40 miles per gallon on average, Italians also travel the least
per capita. This low impact, high efficiency makes Italy a world leader in transit energy.
Additionally, Italy tends to prioritize its rail system over its roads, leading to more
people taking the train, and thereby saving considerable energy. Still, Italy continues
to primarily use fossil fuels, and actually scores the worst in terms of commercial building
energy efficiency. When it comes to buildings, China takes the
lead. Their polluting past and wide range of energy inefficiency may hold them back.
But China’s residential buildings use less energy per square foot than any other country
in the report. This is partially due to strict building codes, and the fact that energy intensity
is one of the country’s top priorities. And despite being known for wastefulness,
between 1980 and 2010, energy consumption increased five times, while the economy grew
18 times. Between Germany, Italy, and China, emerging
countries can look at their journeys towards energy efficiency, and fine tune their own
programs for maximum output. Still, every country surveyed has a long way to go, and
plenty of areas to improve. Hopefully, 2016 will see even greater use of renewable and
alternative energies. To get a close look at how a small Tanzanian
village’s movie theatre deals with blackouts and electricity shortages, check out this
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100 thoughts on “What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient?”

  1. Jakromha says:

    16 out of 200 countries…

  2. Jake Taylor says:

    0:58 i would love to point out how germany also has the highest electric bills

  3. Zombie Jesus Lord of Grass says:

    To be fair Europe needs a lot less energy than America so that make it easier for Europe to save energy

  4. Da Tru Mate says:

    No positivity for the US? Why? The U.S. has the world's strictest emission standards for all vehicles in the country. surely that must count for something.

  5. Jackson Porter says:

    when there was a map of the US it included Vancouver island wtf?

  6. Oscar Lawlor says:

    I ate in that restraunt in tuscany

  7. Royal Canadian Mapping says:

    Why does the US own Vancouver island now?

  8. Treestomped says:

    Estonia Is Transportation Efficient

  9. andrew morgan says:

    how powerful kuwait

  10. asdfghjkl says:

    Get some thorium fueled liquid salt reactors up and running and energy will be so cheap and abundant (clean too) that there will be no point with bothering with energy efficiency. Turn up the heat in winter and the air conditioning in summer because it feels better, that's a future I would like to be reality.

  11. Orange Laowai says:

    How powerful is Chile?

  12. Silas Mayes says:

    total bull that China is high on that list

  13. Silas Mayes says:

    total bull that China is high on that list

  14. DrinkTheBleach says:

    Democrat or Republican

  15. jjolmyun says:

    China's energy efficiency with buildings doesn't sound surprising at all considering how many new, energy-efficient, sustainably minded buildings are going up every day…
    projects considered perhaps too expensive or cost prohibitive in U.S. or in Europe (or simply a lack of interest by the clients and unwillingness to pay more for tomorrow's savings by current day's developers…) are being realized abroad.

  16. The Quad Squad says:

    how powerful is Florida?

  17. Richard Taylor says:

    Good job Germany.

  18. HoennMaster says:

    0:52 No one told me we had a new state!

  19. FireNeptune98 says:

    south korea is anoying…. get out of top 10 list , can it atleast be Argintina ?

  20. Kappa123 says:

    Energy efficiency does not equal the use of renewal energies wtf. A nuclear plant is WAY more efficient energy wise than solar or wind energy. Uses less space to get the same amount of energy, less pollution than wind energy (yes, this is true considering acoustic contamination) and makes better use of the resources for actually producing energy.

  21. Jason Thach says:

    Do a video on Democratic People's Republic of Korea Violation International Laws of Human Rights.

  22. The_Nuke says:

    nuclear is the future.

  23. NorthObsidianG says:

    This was awesome and huzzah for Energy but why is Vancouver Island part of the US? I thought it was part of Canada.. but oh well.. huzzah for Green energy 😀

  24. UltimaTryhard says:

    why does the us have to suck at this COME ON PEOPLE

  25. Mocte Zuma says:

    make a video on Israel crimes against humanity

  26. PeruvianAmerican Jimenez says:

    What is the Non- Aligned movement?

  27. boonw says:

    Renewable energy is not efficient energy : P

    When it comes to electricity generation, Germany is inefficient as hell.

  28. b blaziken says:

    The results r skewed because the USA is a much large state with more industry and hoisting

  29. Matt Biden says:

    Europe is a bankrupt socialist shit hole and they relay on America for protection.

  30. RedLeader327 says:

    The US is lagging behind? Why am I not surprised.

  31. Coreflake ! says:

    Explain efficiency. My idea of something that is effective is that it uses most of the input energy for the purpose it was designed to do, initially with few "leaks" in the system.
    But I see now that i must have got something wrong. Or they are adding criterias like pollution ratio? imo it has nothing to do with effectiveness. Unless ofcourse you have to count the energy used to clean shit up afterwards.

  32. Matan Omer says:

    do which countries are the most water efficient

  33. James T Kirk says:

    This video conveniently forgot to mention that Germany import about 50% of their energy from nuclear-powered France…. So much for being efficient when you can't even provide enough energy for your own energy needs because of stupid energy policy that required you to import energy (at huge expense) from your neighbors.

  34. USS Liberator says:

    Are they including the millions residential that China built and no one living in bc their more housing that not occupied then occupied

  35. thesuperproify says:

    China actually ranked 3rd in energy efficiency.

  36. BnBCraft says:

    maybe if people in America where to stop driving huge vehicles and if the government finally builds a country wide bullet train

  37. bernardobiritiki says:

    you should have mention Portugal 50 something % of your energy comes from renuable energy

  38. Gregory Samuel Teo says:

    what? no one else is impressed by china's ranking here? we only hear extremely negative publicity thru the media… it's good to hear some good news about china. i do hope their leaders continue working towards energy efficiency.

  39. Benjamin Tomassen Nordahl says:

    The part of the reason Germany is doing so well is becouse Norway sell them a lot of power as 98-99% of Norway's power is from dams and is eveiormental so Germany could not be so great without norway

  40. Andromeda says:

    Germans are always the more efficient people, unlike the dumb fucks oil whore Americans!

  41. ThePirateKody says:

    America is so stupid. Why cant it be more like germany?

  42. Tyler says:

    Yea the US slacked off a long time ago in its investment in energy infrastructure and spends most of its infrastructure funds in maintenance of out dated systems.

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  44. Azriel Reyes says:

    What about Scandinavia!?!?

  45. GWS says:

    When you pay 2.5 times more for electricity than the United States, you damn sure better be efficient!

  46. tomato totato says:

    china looks great because their government does report factual statistics on anything.
    if their shittty coal generator is so much energy efficient. why everyone else not using it?

  47. Eric D says:

    Hmm, I wouldn't have thought China would rank that high, interesting.

  48. Emma Wright says:

    i wasnt expected china to be mention in the video

  49. Fiery Kitsune says:

    Australia is the most efficient? Is that because we are just 90% desert wasteland and nobody lives here?

  50. Omar Nachtraaf says:

    How powerful is Sealand?

  51. Joseph Lamdin says:

    How are none of the Scandinavian countries included in this study, from my understanding they are very energy efficient especially Norway.

  52. Edward Holmes says:

    This is such a bullshit study. China is the number one consumer of energy, yet they are 4th ranked in energy efficiency? This is skewed by the fact that they have the largest population in the world and most use other forms of transportation besides automobile.

  53. AdstarAPAD says:

    What a load of shite.. useless information..

  54. Dan says:

    Kind of ironic considering Germany is the home of VW.

  55. Connor Kuhl says:

    by the way you included Vancouver island as part of America at at 0:52 lol

  56. Premier League Freak says:

    there has to be some connection b/w development and muslim countries.In all these things they always lag behind

  57. S says:

    0:52 why is Vancouver Island (North west) in blue? That's apart of Canada, not the U.S.

  58. NuclearSavety says:

    well a closer look may be recommended: German industry is so energy efficient because all heavy industry left the country due to skyrocketing energy prices. And China uses so low energy in housings because many houses dont have heating at all… if thats a good thing is questionable

  59. K says:

    what about Israel?

  60. Fanrabbit says:

    So Germany has efficient industry energy. Yet you fail to mention how the spike in energy costs are causing many German businesses to have to work much harder than before to get a profit.

  61. sithersproductions says:

    WTF is thos im german the windfarms were a waste of money

  62. Jared Brooks says:

    Please make a video about the Chagossians!

  63. bdchatfi says:

    I live in Beijing. Here is China's 'efficiency' plan. Don't turn on the lights and don't turn on the heat for residential buildings. There are no hallway lights and individuals can't control the thermostat. The government will only turn on the heat on Nov 15th every year. We had snow the first week of November this year. Also no a/c or heat for large spaces in public buildings.

  64. Stone Face 222 says:

    Italian Efficiency

  65. Luca Esposito says:

    Proud that Italy is second in the list!
    The "Bel Paese" (Beautiful Country) is an example for all in environmental issues..

  66. MegaMementoMori says:

    You forgot to mention how "energy efficiency" increases the energy cost and that the transition cost the taxpayers an extreme amount of money.

  67. Arctis says:

    Germany is awesome. Refugees, and now energy efficiency.

  68. Jbkwtv says:


  69. Valor knight says:

    We are number 1

  70. TheMrNanners says:

    California could be okay, I guess.

  71. MorganaEly says:

    Lol the Venice People Mover, I see it every day! Oh well, at lest we are good at something.

  72. Robert Zalasar says:

    hello! I love this video of yours. very interesting..

  73. Andrei Skobtsov says:

    Italy good at something, wow makes me feel good for once

  74. Noothan says:

    Venice People Mover?

  75. 777valerik777 says:

    Hey, Jules, why do you have a russian surname?

  76. degen83 says:

    You forgot to mention how Germany's renewable energy program is not saving them any money at all, and is actually costing them the same or more than the coal and oil they would be b uying.

    What it is doing is making them more energy independent, but it is not saving them any money. It is the most ambitious renewable program in the world, costing billions each year, billions other nations just do not have.

    Renewable technology still has a long, long way to go to reach the same effenciency and energy output as coal and oil power plants do.

  77. Keith Benjamin says:

    I just want to say that in your map of the states you counted Vancouver island. Which is not apart of the states…

  78. Bob Mcnugget says:

    okay, that island at the top left corner at 0:51 is actually apart of Canada

  79. Bhanu Tez says:

    damn china is in news all the time mostly positively more than usa…. not sure in next 25-30 years china may emerge as world leader and all the equations in the world will realign…
    I hope my country also progress positively like china

  80. Massimo Castelli says:

    Wow, data regarding Italy actually contradicts real life experiences. I wonder who is off.

  81. kairon156 says:

    Though Canada has allot of hydro our leaders lately seem to droop the ball when it comes to being energy efficient.

  82. Pia Sotto says:

    thank you for sharing this inspiring video..

  83. Fabian B. says:

    Why would Italians travel? They already are in Italy

  84. Ian Leith says:

    pretty sure spain shits on denmark with supplying, i believe around 51% of itscountries energy a couple years back. (through wind farms)

  85. Dr23rippa says:

    I bet Libya would have ranked #1 but that's a sad story for humans.

  86. Younes ZH says:

    the great Nation of Germany is awesome

  87. Xander Wise says:

    0:52 Umm… Vancouver Island is not part of the US.

  88. Colin Chung says:

    0:51 when did Vancouver Island join the USA?

  89. AriesT says:

    Deutsche Ingenieurskunst.

  90. Joshua Knight says:

    Yeah the fucking U.S.A. whines about how it will cost so much and how it is not efficient but clearly many other countries are doing better with it. Get off your past and high horses and get back down to the real world U.S.

  91. JoeAceJR says:

    Why should the world lock up possible hundreds of trillions of dollars in oil, coal, natural gas, etc just because of the hoax "global warming"?

  92. Michalis Siavil says:

    I think Cyprus has the best irradiance

  93. Christopher Rod says:

    Anyone else noticed that the most efficient countries are countries that are small geographically? With the exception of China, of course. China is an exception because it has most of it's population concentrated around the huge cities it has. In fact, look up the Chinese Population Distribution Boundary. 60% of the land resides left of this line but only 6% of the population lives in it. That means that 94% of the population inhabit 40% of China. If we could squeeze 94% of the US population into 40% of the US mainland, we'd be as efficient or even more.

  94. Amir Rahiminia says:

    Obviously the least developed countries are most energy efficient countries. They don't need energy in the first place where most things done manually. Is energy efficiency should be the agenda where it, as an excuse has been used to elevate the cost of living expenses for populations while promoted even faster population growth?
    Obviously that doesn't serve human need. What truly should be the agenda is, the sufficiency not efficiency.

  95. Amir Rahiminia says:

    The most energy efficient colonies more likely live in the middle of Amazon or some tribes in Africa. It is not the efficiency that should be target but sufficiency.

  96. Crackerz says:

    Its 2018 sorry but nothing's happened

  97. Hrishi says:

    Huge fan of your channel, keep going all way long.

  98. Kavish Malaka says:

    0.49s what did he say

  99. David G says:

    The change to renewable energy with it's many hiccups also has environmental issues. Why not embrace revolutionary technologies that supersede wind and solar but don't have the associated issues. I viewed some videos by the energy company H2IL Looks like they have the ultimate solution. Has wow factor! Some billionaire needs to snatch it up and help save the planet.

  100. Phil Davis says:

    Any chance of an update on this video? Huge changes in the last few years

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