The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked the UK as the fifth-most energy efficient country.

The council’s annual International Energy Efficiency Scorecard examined the 23 countries that together account for 75% of energy consumption.
The scorecard ranked countries according to their governments’ efforts to control energy usage.

It also examined energy efficiency across a number of economic sectors, including building, industry and transportation.

Germany finishes top

The UK’s placing was affected by the axing of the Green Deal, a 33% cut to energy efficiency obligations, and a 20% cut to future spending.

Britain could do more to improve the efficiency of its transport and freight systems, the report said.

Germany finished top of the league table, followed by Italy and Japan, while Saudi Arabia, Brazil and South Africa were at the bottom of the list.

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