By Nicole Barbosa
June 22 2012
The topic of energy consumption has taken centre stage this week, thanks to the Rio+20 summitcurrently taking place in Brazil. At the top of the agenda is likely to be the energy use of key member states such as the UK.
If you’re wondering where we sit on the ladder of energy use, you may want to check out a new tool from EvoEnergy.
The Energy Consumption Guide is as an easy and interactive way to examine official figures on UK energy use. The guide uses statistics from theDepartment of Energy and Climate Change to clearly portray consumption trends from 1970 onwards.
It also puts in focus the energy habits of different energy consumers including those in industry, transport and domestic settings.
Explaining the idea behind the project, Andrew Burley, regional manager at EvoEnergy, said:
“The Energy Consumption Guide is designed to make analysis and education about energy consumption simpler. Our hope is that everyone in the UK will now be able to gain a better understanding of how our energy consumption has changed over the last 40 years, and what we can learn from it to benefit us in the future.”
The guide has been welcomed by Adrian Ramsay, deputy leader of the Green Party:
“The interactive UK Energy Consumption Guide is a fantastically approachable guide for anyone with an interest in our changing patterns of energy use over the past 40 years. It is fun to use, easy to understand and certainly makes you think about how we use energy.”
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Given that the UK’s 2010 renewable energy usage of 3.2% lags behind pioneering nations such as Sweden (47.9%), our country has a lot of catching up to do – especially in light of an EU initiative that is pushing for 20% of energy to be generated by renewable energy sources by 2020.
As you will find with the UK Energy Consumption Guide, the UK is at least going in the right direction – and it will be interesting to see how the composition changes in the coming years.