Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET on Friday
In the global fight against climate change, the United Kingdom has quietly notched an unusual — and somewhat mystifying — victory.
For well over a decade, the country's total energy consumption has dropped steadily. All told, there's been a 10 percent decline since 2002, after accounting for temperature variation.
The trend is widespread, documented in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors (though not, notably, in transportation). It's not tied to economic decline or supply shortages.