Switzerland leads in global energy ranking

A ship sails on Lake Geneva under the Dents du Midi in western Switzerland on July 12, 2007
A ship sails on Lake Geneva under the Dents du Midi in western Switzerland on July 12, 2007.

Switzerland and a handful of countries in Europe led the way in a global ranking Tuesday of energy efficiency, access to resources and environmental sustainability.

China ranked 78th and the United States was 15th, according to the report by the World Energy Council, a London-based group that promotes sustainable power.

Canada came in sixth and France was 10th, while the worst showing of all 129 countries was made by Zimbabwe.

Countries were also given letter grades for their performance in three categories: how well they manage their energy supply, how accessible and affordable energy is across the population, and how much of their power is derived from low-carbon renewables.

Only five countries received all A's—Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Britain and Spain.

Benin and Zimbabwe received all D's. India, Lebanon, Yemen and Nicaragua also fared poorly with C's and D's.

China got an A for but D's for the environment and affordability and equitable access to power.

The United States was a top scorer in security and supply but earned a C in .

The report was based on interviews with more than 50 government officials, development banks and international experts from more than 25 countries, the WEC said.

Policy makers interviewed for the report urged more proactive , and called on the energy industry to help developed countries makes strides toward sustainable energy.

The report was released three weeks ahead of talks at the World Energy Congress, to be held in Daegu, Korea.


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Sep 25, 2013
If anyone is interested: Here's a link to the various energy indices by country from the World Energy Council homepage
http://www.worlde...y-index/

It's rather interesting as it immeditaley highlights the places for a specific country on each index. This way you can quickly see what (current and future) priorities various countries have when pursuiing energy policy.

Sep 25, 2013
Switzerland has no heavy industry

From the wikipedia site on switzerland
Switzerland has an extensive industrial sector, it is not very well known around the world but present with companies in different industrial sectors such as food processing like Nestlé, chemical for industrial and construction use like Sika AG, pharmaceutical like Novartis, roof coating Sarnafil, among many others


Switzerland manufactures, among other things, weapons (it is the 12th largest supplier in the world. Ahead of Canada and just behind Spain...which is pretty astonishing considering its size)

Sep 25, 2013
I am sure Zimbabwe have other things to worry about than sustainable energy. Clean drinking water and surviving being raped and killed being 2 considerably more important than green energy.

Sep 29, 2013
@antialias: thank you for the link. Just finished the article and was wondering about that. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Keep on making things clearer to (some of) us.

Sep 29, 2013
From the wikipedia site on switzerland
Switzerland has an extensive industrial sector, it is not very well known around the world but present with companies in different industrial sectors such as food processing like Nestlé, chemical for industrial and construction use like Sika AG, pharmaceutical like Novartis, roof coating Sarnafil, among many others


Switzerland manufactures, among other things, weapons (it is the 12th largest supplier in the world. Ahead of Canada and just behind Spain...which is pretty astonishing considering its size)


Yuppers...Switzerland has been an armorer for the rest of Europe since the late middle ages, and since then the Swiss have expanded their sales of armaments to the rest of the globe. The country itself is so heavily defended that any invader, even a modern one, would have a really bad time on the way in.

Speak softly, and carry a big stick...

Sep 29, 2013
If Los Angeles is and test of how Americans think, then the country is doomed. People routinely live in Long Beach and commute six hours to some job in Calabasas every day. People with jobs in rich areas can't afford to live there because Jewish banking has inflated land prices ten times over what they would be in a country with sovereign currency. Note US constitution authorizes congress only to make money, so every US congressman is committing a felony by delegating the task to crony criminal banksters

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