Canada has landed near the bottom of the first international energy efficiency rating of 12 major economies.

The non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) placed Canada at No. 11 out of 12 countries in its energy efficient score card.

The countries – which included the U.S., Brazil, China, Germany and the United Kingdom – accounted for 63 per cent of global energy consumption as well as 62 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

In measuring each country according to 27 criteria, the ACEEE examined energy use nation-wide as well as energy consumption in industry, buildings and transportation.

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  • RUSSIA -- 12

    A Russia supporter, his face painted in the colors of the national flag, wait outside the stadium prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajyama)

  • CANADA -- 11

    Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police participate during the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2012. . (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Graham Hughes)

  • BRAZIL -- 10

    An activist dressed as a clown lies on a huge Brazilian flag during the "Global March" during the People's Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons, a parallel event during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • U.S. -- 9

    Alex Vidor, of Atlanta, carries a United States flag as he talks with friends after finishing the 43rd annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Peter Kirui of Kenya won the Peachtree Road Race. Kirui's unofficial time of 27 minutes, 36 seconds ties the fourth-fastest time in race history. It is the first Peachtree victory for the 24-year-old. The defending men's champion, Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, finished eighth. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)

  • EU, AUSTRALIA, CHINA (3-Way-Tie) -- 6, 7, 8

  • FRANCE -- 5

    Bastille Day fireworks explode over the Seine river next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris Saturday night, July 14, 2012. Bastille Day commemorates the storming by Parisians of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, setting off the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and put an end to monarchy.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • JAPAN -- 4

    A fan of Momoko Ueda, of Japan, carries a Japanese flag near the 16th green during the second round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship golf tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • ITALY -- 3

  • GERMANY -- 2

    German soccer fans celebrate the kick off of their team's first game of the Euro 2012 at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 9, 2012. Germany plays against Portugal in Lviv, Ukraine during the Euro 2012 soccer championship. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • UNITED KINGDOM -- 1





This is how the 12 countries stacked up in the scorecard:


- United Kingdom


- Germany


- Italy


- Japan


- France


- European Union, Australia and China (three-way tie)


- U.S.


- Brazil


- Canada


- Russia


Steven Nadel, executive director of the ACEEE, lauded the UK and the EU for being “well ahead” of North America for its energy efficiency but cautioned that none of the countries “received a perfect score in any category --- proving there is much that all countries can still learn from each other.”


In the major categories, the U.K. landed on top for national energy use and industry while China achieved No. 1 status in buildings. As for transportation, Germany, Italy, China and the U.K. were tied.


Among the many elements that were analyzed were whether the country had fuel economy standards for vehicles and energy efficiency standards for appliances. Other factors included the energy consumed by each country relative to its gross domestic product and the energy consumed per square foot of floor space in residential buildings.


The report’s author, Sara Hayes, noted that cost-effective energy efficiency is still a “massively underutilized energy resource” in industrialized nations and urged the countries to keep trying for better energy efficiency.

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