According to a biennial international scorecard released on Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Global demand for energy is projected to grow 30% by 2040. Italy and Germany tied for first place in the worldwide energy-efficiency race. France, the United Kingdom and Japan followed suit. The United States fell, from 8th in 2016, to 10th in the new ranking of the 25 largest energy-consuming countries in the world. This shift comes as result of both recent policy changes, including the White House’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and amendments to the scorecard’s methodology, such as the scoring of residential and commercial building codes.


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