UK is fifth in world energy efficiency rankings

education inforgraphicThe UK has moved to fifth place in a 2016 survey of 23 countries’ energy efficiency efforts, rising from its joint sixth spot with Japan in the previous report in 2014.

Scoring 65 out of 100 possible points, the UK trailed behind top-scorers Germany (73.5 points), Japan and Italy (both 68.5) and France (67.5), in the third edition of the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Published by non-profit organisation the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the survey evaluates the world’s largest energy-consuming economies according to their energy efficiency policies and performance.

ACEEE used 35 metrics to evaluate every country’s commitment and performance, awarding 25 points in each of four categories – buildings, industry, transportation and national effort.

Overall, the ACEEE report noted the UK’s challenging year and the government’s roll-back of energy efficiency policies, including a 33% cut to the UK’s Energy Efficiency Obligations target in 2014 and two decisions in 2015: to shave 20% off future Energy Efficiency Obligations spending and to cancel the Green Deal.  

It warned that the UK’s energy-efficiency policies are weakening and the vote to in favour of British independence from the EU-bloc could have further impact.

Tony Hitchens, from energy consultancy Utilitywise, said: “Although it’s good news that the UK reached third in the industry sector, behind Germany and Japan, the scorecard shows we need to be wary of falling back in the rankings generally.

“Taking control of energy efficiency is vital because it reduces energy consumption, which saves money, and helps companies to meet their business goals. But uncertain times for the energy sector lie ahead in the UK following Brexit. “

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