Fossil fuel dependency is measured as the proportion of total primary energy supply met by coal, oil and gas. In 2008 the UK had a dependency rate of 91.5 per cent.
International comparisons for benchmarking purposes are published as indicator E5.5 in DECC's Energy Sector Indicators. Data for G8 countries are shown in the following table, with data sourced from the International Energy Agency. Due to different adjustments being made by the IEA and the use of net calorific values, a slightly different estimate is produced for the UK.
Percentage Canada 75 France 51 Germany 81 Italy 90 Japan 83 Russia1 89 UK 90 US 85 1 Data for Russia are for 2007
1 Data for Russia are for 2007