UK's falling energy efficiency spells trouble on CO2

The efficiency with which the UK economy used energy diminished in 1991 for the second year in succession, breaking a sustained post-war trend. The reverse signals trouble - particularly from the transport sector - for the Government's plan to return the UK's emissions of carbon dioxide to 1990 levels by 2000.

The energy efficiency trend is revealed in the latest official digest of UK energy statistics.1 The volume includes for the first time an annex on energy and the environment, and the second set of annual statistics on renewable sources of energy.

The reversal in the long-term trend in the UK's energy ratio is startling. The ratio is obtained by dividing primary energy consumption by the country's gross domestic product. In the

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