The UK has come first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s 12 major economic countries.
In the first international scorecard developed by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Britain is closely followed by Germany, Japan and Italy while the US is in 9th place.
The 12 countries represent about 63% of global energy consumption and 62% of global carbon emissions.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey welcomed the new publication and was pleased with the results.
He said: “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.”
The ACEEE looked at the energy use at a national level as well as the primary sectors responsible for energy consumption – buildings, industry and transportation.