International Comparison of Fossil Power Generation Efficiencies

Ecofys compared the energy efficiency and carbon intensity of public fossil-fired power generation in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Nordic countries (Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark combined), South Korea, the United Kingdom together with Ireland, and the United States. The analysis is based on statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA).  

The benchmark, based on weighted average efficiencies, shows that in 2009-2011 the Nordic Countries performed best in terms of fossil-fired generating efficiencies, exceeding the average by 10%. They are followed by the United Kingdom together with Ireland (+9%), Japan (+7%), Germany (+7%), South Korea (+5%). Performers in the mid segment are The United States (+3%) and China (+1%), while France, Australia and India perform below average with -7%, -8% and -21%, respectively.

By improving the energy-efficiency of fossil power generation for these countries, CO2 emissions can be reduced by 23% on average.