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  • 'Turn off lights at 10pm': Spain takes energy-saving emergency measures
'Turn off lights at 10pm': Spain takes energy-saving emergency measures
The Spanish government takes emergency measures to overcome the energy crisis caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

According to dpa news agency and other sources on August 2nd, Teresa Rivera, head of the eco-transformation department, announced measures including restrictions on indoor heating and cooling after a ministerial meeting in Madrid on August 1st (local time).

With this measure, not only public institutions but also shopping malls, movie theaters, workplaces, hotels, train stations, airports, etc. cannot set indoor temperatures below 27 degrees Celsius in summer and above 19 degrees Celsius in winter.

Shops and business establishments with automatic air-conditioning systems must be closed, and after 10 p.m., lights in unused office and shop windows, monuments, etc. must be turned off.

The measures, which will take effect one week later, will remain in place until November 1st, 2023.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Sánchez Pedro held a press conference on July 29th appealing not to wear neckties to save energy.

Spain and other European Union (EU) member countries agreed to voluntarily reduce natural gas demand this winter as Russia cuts its supply of natural gas to Europe through Germany and others.

The northern German city of Hannover has turned off hot water for showering in public buildings, swimming pools, sports centers and gymnasiums, while Berlin has turned off the lights of some 200 historic monuments and city hall buildings.

France also forced stores with air conditioners to go out of business, and is preparing laws that include energy-saving measures, such as banning lighting advertisements at midnight except at airports and train stations.

Published : 2022/08/06 09:51 KST

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