17 May '11, 11am

UK spend per head on green energy $52, Germany $509 - ouch - from Friend of the Earth #renewables #eg

Everything we can do, Germany can do (ten times) better Everyone knows the Germans are better at green kit than we are in the UK. But I hadn't realised the gulf between us until I did some jiggerypokery with a calculator. It started with a report from the Pew Foundation in March . Its latest league table of investment in green energy saw the UK drop from fifth in 2009 to a miserable 13th in 2010. This was down, say the authors, to "a sharp decline in offshore wind energy investments and uncertainty surrounding the policy perspective of a new government" - not an auspicious start for the self-proclaimed 'Greenest Government Ever'. But are such country-v-country comparisons cricket? After all, our fair islands are quite a lot smaller than some other countries, in terms of energy use, population and even in some cases overall size of the economy. So how much does the UK actua...

Full article: http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/germany_ten_times_better_30813....

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