The UK has been placed at the top of an energy efficiency table and has been named as the most energy efficient of the world’s biggest economies.
It may come as something of a surprise but the UK has been ranked as the most energy efficient economy amongst the world’s biggest beating Germany, Italy and the United States.
A report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has put the UK at the top of the 12 biggest economies in the world for lowering pollution in industry, transport and buildings.
In second and third place was Germany and Italy while the United States was down in 9th place. Even more surprisingly, China was placed above the US in 6th place.
Energy secretary, Ed Davey, said “Energy efficiency sits at the heart of our policies to encourage low-carbon growth”.
Canada and Russia can be found at the bottom of the table in 11th and 12th place respectively while India, whose economy is growing rapidly, was not ranked at all. This is mainly due to the fact that the country’s emissions have been increasing significantly and quickly.
However, despite coming top of the leader board the UK only gained 67 points out of a possible 100 and even though it was placed ninth overall the US came top for saving energy in both industry and transport.
There’s still room for improvement from all the economies involved in the study and it will be interesting to see how this table changes as the UK tries to lower carbon emissions further by 2020 and reduce energy consumption in households and businesses.