Government cuts to key policies have hit the UK’s efforts to become more energy efficient, a new report says.
A series of policy rollbacks have seen the UK fall from first to sixth in a ranking of 16 of the world’s leading economies by US thinktank the American Council for an Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE). Germany now tops the list, with Italy, China, and France all coming in ahead of the UK.
ACEEE awarded each country points based on 31 criteria. Countries could receive a maximum of 100 points overall depending on the strength of their national energy efficiency policies, and efforts to curb energy use in the transport, buildings and industrial sectors. See table below for a full list of the criteria.