UK tops energy efficiency table
The UK has been named the most ‘energy-efficient economy’ for its efforts in cutting pollution, guardian.co.uk reports. Launched by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the inaugural ‘International Energy Efficiency Scorecard’ saw the UK take gold ahead of Germany, Italy, Japan and France.
The scorecard rated the efforts of each of the world’s 12 biggest economies towards reducing energy used in construction, industry and transport. Combined, these economies account for 63 per cent of the world’s energy consumption and 62 per cent of carbon emissions, energylivenews.com writes.
The USA sat in ninth position, apparently due to its resident’s love of ‘gas-guzzling cars’ and was beaten even by China – which is known for being one of the biggest carbon polluters in the world.
Energy savings in industry and transport
The UK was recognised in particular for making energy savings in industry and transport as well as the increasing use of offshore wind turbines.
Perhaps a few more sustainable practices need to be adopted by the construction industry to ensure a consecutive win next year, such as use of insulating cladding panels, solar lighting and rainwater harvesting.
Making buildings more energy efficient
Understandably pleased with the results, energy secretary Ed Davey 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.”
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 24 Sept 2012