Europe is grappling with one of its harshest summers. Temperatures have surpassed 40 degrees Celsius in some countries. In response to the scorching summer and soaring energy prices, Spain has issued a decree in the state gazette (slated to come into effect next week) stipulating that air conditioners (ACs) ) in public places must be located at or above 27 degrees Celsius and the doors of such buildings remain closed to save energy. These public places include offices, shops, bars, theatres, airports and train stations. The decree has also been extended to all Spanish households, but as a recommendation.
Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez has publicly stated that the country urgently needs to save energy. He went on to say that he has urged public and private sector employees to avoid wearing ties to stay calm. “As you can see, I’m not wearing a tie,” he told reporters. “I’ve asked ministers and public and private sector bosses not to wear a tie unless it’s necessary. That way we can save energy, which is so much needed in our country. “, Sanchez said at a press conference.
Not the first country to bring AC rule
Incidentally, Spain is not the first country to make such a ruling. Greece and Italy announced similar measures last month. In June, Greece announced “active thermostats” that aim to reduce energy consumption by 10% this year. Measures reported include AC set to no less than 27 degrees and window screens installed in public buildings. Employees are also required to ensure that they turn off their computers after hours. Italy has also published rules to reduce energy consumption including similar temperature settings for ACs in French and public places. Germany also announced a series of measures to cut energy use.