UK tops Energy Efficiency Scorecard
- Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 16:31
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The UK leads the world in energy efficiency according to The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
The American non-profit organisation has ranked the UK No. 1 in its first International Energy Efficiency Scorecard report, measuring the energy efficiency of 12 of the world's largest economies.
The report, launched today at the National Press Club in Washington DC, measured both policy and performance in 27 areas to see how efficiently economies are using energy. These 27 areas fit into four sections, including buildings, industry, transportation and national efforts. The UK's top ranking means it uses less energy to achieve the same (or better) results, and reduces costs and pollution, creating a stronger, more viable economy.
The UK scored in the top four of each of the four performance areas, and placed first in two of them - industry and transportation.
Speaking about the Scorecard today, Press Secretary, James Barbour said:
"The UK is extremely pleased to be ranked first overall in this innovative study. Energy efficiency is a key priority for the UK government and lies at the heart of our approach to ensuring energy security and tackling climate change. This is a constantly evolving area and, as new technologies develop to help up improve our energy efficiency even more, we will make sure the UK continues to lead the world."
The ACEEE measured the energy efficiency of 12 of the world's largest economies including: UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Australia, the EU, China, the US, Brazil, Canada and Russia.
These countries represent more than 78 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and 62 percent of global carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.
While the UK's GDP has doubled since 1970, energy consumption remains at 1970 levels. This means that the UK economy today uses half the amount of energy for the same economic benefit compared with in 1970.
Speaking about the report in the UK, Ed Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:
"I welcome today's publication of the first International Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the ACEEE. Energy efficiency sits at the heart of our policies to encourage low-carbon growth, and I am particularly pleased that the UK is ranked first of the 12 economies considered by the study. Making our buildings and industries more energy efficient is a significant challenge, one that will take years to meet; doing so cost effectively will mean drawing on the experiences of others. This study is a fascinating collection of best practice, setting out the innovations which can accelerate economic growth, enhance energy security – and save our households and businesses money."