Britain best in energy efficiency as US lags: report

Jul 12, 2012
The skyline of the City of London in April 2012. Britain is a champion of energy efficiency while the United States and Canada lag behind in conserving power, according to a new report released Thursday.

Britain is a champion of energy efficiency while the United States and Canada lag behind in conserving power, according to a new report released Thursday.

In a ranking of the world's 12 major economies by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Germany comes in a close second, followed by Italy, Japan and France.

The , Australia and China are tied in sixth place trailed by the United States, Brazil, Canada and Russia.

"Our results indicate that some countries are outperforming others, but the more important finding is that there are substantial opportunities for improvement in all economies analyzed," said the authors of the report.

While the British distinguish themselves for the efficiency of their industry sector, the Chinese are first when it comes to buildings. In terms of transportation, Italy, China, Germany and Britain share the top slot.

Germany also leads for "national efforts," which captures performance across all economic sectors and includes a government's "overall commitment and leadership."

As for the United States, the "inefficiency of the economy means a tremendous waste of and money," the report said.

It goes on to ask how the United States can "compete in a if it continues to waste money and energy that other industrialized nations save and can reinvest."

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custard
Jul 12, 2012
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nuge
not rated yet Jul 12, 2012
Why is Australia included in a list of the world's 12 major economies? As far as I knew it is the 13th largest economy.
A2G
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2012
As a American I lived in Oxford for three years. Try life there compared to the US. Life here is so much easier. At least in Cali, but there is of course an energy penalty for that ease. Just try and talk Americans into living like the Brits. Good luck.
bertibus
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2012
@A2G. Agreed, but life in California is about to get a whole lot more difficult as the denizens of the State are forced to come to terms with the bill(s) for fifty years of "easy living" coming due.
Shootist
1 / 5 (1) Jul 13, 2012
Britain best in energy efficiency as US lags: report


Tell me, as the World's economy burns, why this, energy efficiency thing, is at all important?

AGW is a myth
There is plenty of petrol/gas/coal/uranium/yadayada

Carbon trading will make billions for algore's buddies, will do nothing for the environment (because China and India are building coal fired power plants and buying the coal from the US), and will cost you a ton of YOUR money.

The former communists who support this stuff, and their ninnyhammer followers need to be locked up somewhere, far away, to keep the rest of us safe.
nuge
5 / 5 (1) Jul 15, 2012
@Shootist you are so dangerously deluded I don't even know where to begin. If you are going to sprout such ridiculous opinions, why don't you at least cite some relevant reputable source to back them up? Oh right, because there aren't any. Seriously, shut the fuck up. People like you are a serious problem for humanity.