Users of the Excel-based tool can input qualitative and quantitative data from their country, region or smaller jurisdiction to get a snapshot of their energy efficiency progress compared to 16 of the world’s largest economies. The tool generates custom energy efficiency scores using 31 metrics in areas such as national policy, buildings, industry and transportation, as well as an overall score out of a possible 100 points.
South Africa is included as a self-scoring example. For the example, ACEEE collected data using centralized sources available in the self-scoring tool and collaborated with South Africa country experts. South Africa scored a total of 36 out of 100, indicating that there is ample room to improve energy efficiency in all sectors.
The 2015 tool is based on the 2014 ACEEE International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which is ACEEE’s second comparative study of energy efficiency policies and performance across the 16 top economies of the world. Countries examined include the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Canada and Australia, along with the European Union as a whole. New entrants in the 2014 race were India, Spain, Mexico and South Korea.