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What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient?

December 5, 2019


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
video from our sister network, Seeker Stories. Thanks for watching! If you liked this episode,
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100 Comments

  • Reply Jakromha November 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    16 out of 200 countries…

  • Reply Jake Taylor November 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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

  • Reply Zombie Jesus Lord of Grass November 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

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

  • Reply Da Tru Mate November 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jackson Porter November 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm

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

  • Reply Oscar Lawlor November 20, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I ate in that restraunt in tuscany

  • Reply Royal Canadian Mapping November 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Why does the US own Vancouver island now?

  • Reply Treestomped November 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Estonia Is Transportation Efficient

  • Reply andrew morgan November 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

    how powerful kuwait

  • Reply asdfghjkl November 21, 2015 at 12:23 am

    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.

  • Reply Orange Laowai November 21, 2015 at 12:50 am

    How powerful is Chile?

  • Reply Silas Mayes November 21, 2015 at 12:54 am

    total bull that China is high on that list

  • Reply Silas Mayes November 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

    total bull that China is high on that list

  • Reply DrinkTheBleach November 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Democrat or Republican

  • Reply jjolmyun November 21, 2015 at 1:05 am

    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.

  • Reply The Quad Squad November 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

    how powerful is Florida?

  • Reply Richard Taylor November 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Good job Germany.

  • Reply HoennMaster November 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

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

  • Reply FireNeptune98 November 21, 2015 at 2:47 am

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

  • Reply Kappa123 November 21, 2015 at 3:05 am

    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.

  • Reply Jason Thach November 21, 2015 at 3:05 am

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

  • Reply The_Nuke November 21, 2015 at 3:11 am

    nuclear is the future.

  • Reply NorthObsidianG November 21, 2015 at 4:18 am

    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 😀

  • Reply UltimaTryhard November 21, 2015 at 4:24 am

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

  • Reply Mocte Zuma November 21, 2015 at 4:40 am

    make a video on Israel crimes against humanity

  • Reply PeruvianAmerican Jimenez November 21, 2015 at 5:47 am

    What is the Non- Aligned movement?

  • Reply boonw November 21, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Renewable energy is not efficient energy : P

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

  • Reply b blaziken November 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

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

  • Reply Matt Biden November 21, 2015 at 7:11 am

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

  • Reply RedLeader327 November 21, 2015 at 7:59 am

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

  • Reply Coreflake ! November 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

    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.

  • Reply Matan Omer November 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

    do which countries are the most water efficient

  • Reply James T Kirk November 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

    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.

  • Reply USS Liberator November 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

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

  • Reply thesuperproify November 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    China actually ranked 3rd in energy efficiency.

  • Reply BnBCraft November 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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

  • Reply bernardobiritiki November 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm

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

  • Reply Gregory Samuel Teo November 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    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.

  • Reply Benjamin Tomassen Nordahl November 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    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

  • Reply Andromeda November 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

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

  • Reply ThePirateKody November 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm

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

  • Reply Tyler November 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    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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  • Reply Azriel Reyes November 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    What about Scandinavia!?!?

  • Reply GWS November 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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

  • Reply tomato totato November 22, 2015 at 2:28 am

    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?

  • Reply Eric D November 22, 2015 at 2:55 am

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

  • Reply Emma Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:44 am

    i wasnt expected china to be mention in the video

  • Reply Fiery Kitsune November 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

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

  • Reply Omar Nachtraaf November 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    How powerful is Sealand?

  • Reply Joseph Lamdin November 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

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

  • Reply Edward Holmes November 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    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.

  • Reply AdstarAPAD November 23, 2015 at 3:21 am

    What a load of shite.. useless information..

  • Reply Dan November 23, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Kind of ironic considering Germany is the home of VW.

  • Reply Connor Kuhl November 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

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

  • Reply Premier League Freak November 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

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

  • Reply S November 24, 2015 at 4:01 am

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

  • Reply NuclearSavety November 25, 2015 at 6:30 am

    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

  • Reply K November 25, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    what about Israel?

  • Reply Fanrabbit November 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    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.

  • Reply sithersproductions November 27, 2015 at 5:15 am

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

  • Reply Jared Brooks November 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Please make a video about the Chagossians!

  • Reply bdchatfi November 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply Stone Face 222 November 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Italian Efficiency

  • Reply Luca Esposito December 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm

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

  • Reply MegaMementoMori January 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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

  • Reply Arctis January 23, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Germany is awesome. Refugees, and now energy efficiency.

  • Reply Jbkwtv April 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Congo#1

  • Reply Valor knight April 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    We are number 1

  • Reply TheMrNanners June 25, 2016 at 7:15 am

    California could be okay, I guess.

  • Reply MorganaEly June 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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

  • Reply Robert Zalasar June 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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

  • Reply Andrei Skobtsov September 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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

  • Reply Noothan September 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Venice People Mover?

  • Reply 777valerik777 September 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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

  • Reply degen83 September 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    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.

  • Reply Keith Benjamin September 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

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

  • Reply Bob Mcnugget September 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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

  • Reply Bhanu Tez September 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    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

  • Reply Massimo Castelli October 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm

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

  • Reply kairon156 December 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

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

  • Reply Pia Sotto January 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    thank you for sharing this inspiring video..

  • Reply Fabian B. February 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Why would Italians travel? They already are in Italy

  • Reply Ian Leith February 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

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

  • Reply Dr23rippa February 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

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

  • Reply Younes ZH February 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    the great Nation of Germany is awesome

  • Reply Xander Wise February 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

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

  • Reply Colin Chung February 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    0:51 when did Vancouver Island join the USA?

  • Reply AriesT February 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Deutsche Ingenieurskunst.

  • Reply Joshua Knight February 12, 2017 at 4:55 am

    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.

  • Reply JoeAceJR February 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    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"?

  • Reply Michalis Siavil April 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I think Cyprus has the best irradiance

  • Reply Christopher Rod May 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    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.

  • Reply Amir Rahiminia May 13, 2017 at 2:11 am

    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.

  • Reply Amir Rahiminia June 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

    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.

  • Reply Crackerz March 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Its 2018 sorry but nothing's happened

  • Reply Hrishi July 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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

  • Reply Kavish Malaka September 16, 2018 at 11:28 am

    0.49s what did he say

  • Reply David G November 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    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.

  • Reply Phil Davis July 20, 2019 at 4:35 pm

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

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