Pedro Sanchez’s appeal comes after his government set air conditioners to 27 degrees Celsius
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez revealed on Friday that he had stopped wearing a tie in a bid to save energy and urged ministers to follow his lead.
Sanchez showed up to a news conference about the government’s energy-saving plans wearing a white shirt, unbuttoned at the top, and a blue jacket.
He made a point of mentioning his less official look, saying, “I don’t wear a tie, that means we can all save energy, and I’ve asked all ministers and public officials to do the same.”
He urged private companies to allow their staff to work without ties,”as long as possible,” adding that in this way the whole nation “will save.” Energy conservation, according to Sanchez, is a national priority because it helps reduce dependence on Russia and “bend the inflation curve.”
Sanchez did not explain how exactly giving up a tie helps save energy, but his decision came days after the Ministry of Environmental Transition issued a recommendation to set air conditioners to 27 degrees Celsius – significantly higher than people normally set them, especially during Spanish. heat waves, when the air temperature can exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
“If you combine it with a fan, you almost halve the electricity consumption,“, said the ministry.
Sanchez’s government is expected to approve its energy conservation program on August 1.
In doing so, he will join other European governments implementing similar measures amid a burgeoning energy crisis exacerbated by dwindling natural gas supplies from Russia.
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