The UK has been ranked the most energy efficient economy in the world, emerging from a study of relative energy efficiency around the globe, and CHP has played a part in that recognition.
The UK is followed closely by Germany, Japan, and Italy, according to an International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The UK is lauded for having the highest percentage of electricity consumed by the industrial sector that is generated from combined heat and power; significantly more than any other country.
Energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, welcomed the results, but acknowledged that the UK still had a way to go: "Making our buildings and industries more energy efficient is a significant challenge, one that will take years to meet; doing so cost effectively will mean drawing on the experiences of others".
On the downside, the study notes that, despite this, investment is low in research and development in the manufacturing sector relative to total GDP. It says there are a number of policies that should be put in place, such as requiring periodic energy audits and mandating on-site energy managers in manufacturing plants.
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