Want to feel better about our green credentials? Well according to the European Union the UK is one of the top performers in Europe on energy efficiency! In Europe only Denmark and Ireland used less energy per unit of GDP than the UK and France’s consumption rose by 7%
Our energy use fell by more than 5% from 2000 to 2008 in the UK – the only major European economy to see a drop. Germany’s consumption held level, while France’s rose 7%. Overall, energy use in the 27 EU countries increased by more than 4%.
Britain also scores highly on energy intensity, that’s a measure of how much power is used to generate every euro’s worth of economic output.
Things aren’t quite as rosy as they look – the EU is about to deliver its road map to 2050;
That involves a reduction of 80% in emissions for Europe as a whole!
If the EU manages to make the transition to a low-carbon society by 2050 we will live and work in low-energy and low-emission buildings, with intelligent heating and cooling systems. We will drive electric and hybrid cars and live in cleaner cities with less air pollution and better public transport.
Now that’s a challenge!