The Lisbon Council in collaboration with Ecofys, a leading energy and environment research agency, and Quintel Intelligence, an energy modelling firm, launch The 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index: How Efficiency Will Drive Growth, Create Jobs And Spread Wellbeing Throughout Society. The index reveals the huge potential for societies to raise economic performance and extend significant environmental and social benefits through improved energy productivity. It is the first global report to rank countries by their energy productivity – based on their economic output per unit of energy consumed. The report warns that the current rate of energy productivity improvement – around 1.3% worldwide each year – is too slow to keep pace with the rising energy demand. It was presented a week before the launch of the EU’s Energy Union at The 2015 Energy Union Summit, in the presence of Miguel Arias Cañete, European commissioner for climate action and energy, and Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations under secretary-general and special representative of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative.