Spain puts limits on air conditioning and heating to save energy | Spain

Spain has announced new energy-saving measures, including limits on air conditioning and heating temperatures in public and large commercial buildings, as it becomes the latest European country to seek to reduce its energy consumption and dependence on oil and carbon. Russian gas.

According to a decree that will take effect in seven days and will apply to public buildings, shopping malls, cinemas, theaters, train stations and airports, heating must not exceed 19°C and air conditioning must not be set below 27°C. It will be necessary to close the doors so as not to waste energy and turn off the lights in the shop windows after 10:00 p.m.

The premises in question must display signs or displays explaining the energy saving initiatives.

Although Spain is not as dependent on Russian energy supply as many other EU countries, it has agreed to a 7-8% reduction in gas use.

The measures, which were published in this Tuesday’s edition of the Official State Gazette, will be in force until November 2023.

“[This] establishes a series of measures to save energy and make more efficient use of it, which are urgent and necessary when it comes to reducing energy consumption in general, and reducing our energy dependence outside the Spanish economy”, the decree said.

Spain’s environment minister, Teresa Ribera, also suggested that public administrations and large companies could encourage people to work from home to save energy in transport and in buildings.

The new measures were quickly rejected by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the populist and right-wing president of the Madrid region. Ayuso, who has frequently criticized the central government’s Covid restrictions, said the rules would not apply in her region.

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“Madrid is not going to turn off” she said. “That generates insecurity and drives away tourism and consumption. It brings darkness, poverty and sadness, even when the government hides the question of what savings it will apply to itself.

Ayuso’s position was questioned by some who pointed out that 4500 people who live in two sectors of the huge Cañada Real neighborhood, on the outskirts of Madrid, have been without electricity for almost two years.

The Madrid regional government blames the continued lack of power on illegal marijuana plantations in La Cañada, which it says puts such a strain on the power grid that it shuts down for safety reasons.

Mónica García, a doctor and spokesperson for the leftwing Más Madrid party, tweeted: “Good morning. If you are on the beach, watch your belongings, stay hydrated and remember that 1,800 boys and girls in Cañada Real have been without electricity for almost two years, something that, according to Ayuso, generates ‘darkness, poverty and sadness’. Thank you.”

The need to limit emissions by reducing energy consumption has become evident in Spain with two heat waves so far this summer.

“I want to make something very clear,” said the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, last month while visiting the regions most affected by the forest fires. “Climate change kills: it kills people, as we have seen; it also kills our ecosystem, our biodiversity, and it also destroys the things that we hold dear as a society: our homes, our businesses, our livestock.”