United Kingdom

Index rank 05

Balance Score


Energy Sustainability Index Rankings and Balance Score

 2011  2012  2013  Trend Score
Energy Performance  2  1  2   
Energy Security  6  3  11  A
Energy Equity  10  5  8  A
Environmental Sustainability  21  20  19  A
Contextual Performance  18  19  27   
Political Strength  26  19  21   
Societal Strength  16  17  17   
Economic Strength  27  39  55   
Overall Rank  4  2  5  AAA
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Fossil Fuel Reserves

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Key Metrics

Industrial sector (% of GDP) 21.1
TPEP / TPEC  (net energy importer) 0.69
Emission intensity (kg CO2 per USD) 0.22
Energy affordability (USD per kWh) 0.22
GDP / capita (PPP, USD); GDP Group 36,525 (I)
Energy intensity (million BTU per USD) 0.09
CO2 emissions (metric tons CO2 per capita) 7.12
Population Access to Electricity (%) 100.0
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Index Commentary

The United Kingdom falls three places to rank 5 in this year’s Index, largely due to small declines in energy security and equity, as well as in economic strength. However, the UK remains a ‘Pack Leader’ and continues to balance the energy trilemma very well, with excellent performance on all three energy dimensions. The slowing decline of the energy consumption growth rate, falling energy production, and a small reduction in strategic oil reserves results in a lower energy security ranking. Performance in energy equity also suffers slightly, largely due to the rising prices of both gasoline and electricity. The environmental sustainability dimension, the country’s least-strong, sees improvement in absolute performance on CO2 emissions from electricity generation as, unlike most other ‘Pack Leaders’, the UK still relies on fossil fuels for 77% of its electricity fuel mix. Contextually, indicators of political and societal strength stay robust, while macroeconomic stability continues to slide which is likely to be due to the wider continued economic weakness in Europe.