The struggle as a European this summer decree Air conditioners in public places are required to be set at 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) or above this week. The measure will apply to offices, shops, bars and restaurants, as well as public transport systems and transport centres.and rising energy costs, Spain issued a
The guidelines also include keeping heating temperatures at or below 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) during the winter.
The decree is part of a bill passed by the Spanish government on Monday aimed at reducing the country’s natural gas consumption by 7%, in line with the recent EU energy dealAbout Russian gas.
Spain’s Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera said that under the new measures, shops would also be forced to close and that heating systems would have to be checked more frequently to improve efficiency.
Measures include turning off shop window lights after 10pm and street lighting will not be affected.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the new package last week, saying: “You just have to walk into a shopping centre to realise that the temperature might be set too low.”
Not all officials support the changes. “Madrid won’t go out. It creates insecurity and scares away tourism and consumption,” Madrid community president Isabel Diaz Ayuso wrote in a translated tweet on Monday.
Spain isn’t the only European country trying to combat energy use and costs.according to protector, France has told businesses using air conditioners to stay closed or risk fines. Germany has banned the use of mobile air conditioners and heaters.
During last month’s heatwave,Up to 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit). From July 10 to 15, 360 people died from the heat, according to Spain’s Carlos III Institute, which records temperature-related deaths daily. This compares to 27 temperature-related deaths in the first six days.
Spain is one of the European countries with the hottest summers. The country has already experienced two heat waves this year, with temperatures regularly exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for days on end. Temperatures are expected to soar again in the first few weeks of August.
Spain is one of several European countries battling large wildfires this summer, including France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Germany and the Czech Republic. The fire forced thousands of people to evacuate.
Spain’s decree will last until at least November 2023.