Western regions' energy productivity is up to five times less efficient than coastal areas in the southeast, according to a report jointly produced by the National Bureau of Statistics, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Office of the State Energy Leading Group. Average energy consumption across the country last year was 1.22 tonnes of coal equivalent for every US$1,250 of GDP, but rates varied dramatically. The poor region of Ningxia, for example, used 4.14 tonnes to produce the same amount of GDP, while only 790kg were required in Guangdong. It is the first time the government has published the report, expected to provide a baseline for future energy consumption plans. The report said that with consumption of 1.22 tonnes of coal equivalent as the base, the target was now 976kg per US$1,250.