The U.K. topped en energy efficiency league of 12 of the largest economies in a study e-mailed today by a Washington-based non-profit, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The island nation was followed in the rankings by Germany, Japan, Italy and France. Australia, China and the 27-nation European Union, which includes the U.K., were tied for 6th; the U.S. came ninth and Brazil, Canada and Russia closed the table.
The council ranked the nations across 27 categories, covering buildings, transportation, industry and areas of energy efficiency that cut across all areas of the economy. Categories included “performance” measures such as energy consumption relative to economic output, and “policy” metrics such as the presence of a national energy savings target.