Canada near bottom of energy ranking
From the Globe and Mail
Friday, July 13, 2012
Canada ranks second last among 12 of the world’s largest economies for its efforts in conserving energy. The rankings, created by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, looked at 27 factors, including each country’s effort in setting national policies, and how much energy is used in buildings, industry and transportation. Britain came out on top over all, followed by Germany and Italy. Canada lagged in eleventh place just ahead of Russia, partly because many energy efficiency initiatives are set at the provincial level rather than nationally. But Canadian buildings also consume a high amount of energy per square metre of floor space, there is no national mandate for industrial energy audits, and very few trips are taken by public transportation, the report said.