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Spain: Socialist Government Bans Air Conditioning Below 27°C (80.6°F)

A decree was published on Tuesday and will be in effect as of next week, mandating that air conditioning in public places be set at or above 27 degrees Celsius. Doors will also have to maintain the same temperature threshold.

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A report in The Guardian had also claimed that Greece and Italy announced similar measures last month to restrict the usage of energy for cooling public buildings. This was done by setting air-conditioning to 27 degrees Celsius or more.

France is trying to reduce air conditioning use in public spaces by making thermostats higher during summer months, and lower during winter months. They will fine any business if they leave doors open too much, even if it's with an air conditioner on.

The city of Hanover has placed a ban on the use of mobile air conditioning units in buildings other than hospitals and schools.

The decree, which was originally created for public places such as offices, shops, bars, theaters and train stations is being extended to all Spanish households.

The new regulations are aimed maintaining the temperature indoors at or below 19 degrees Celsius (about 66 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter - they will remain in place through November 2023.

Spain's socialist government announced a plan to ban the use of air conditioners that are below 27°C in a bid to fight climate change.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has stated publicly that the country urgently needs to save energy, even encouraging office workers to remove their ties to help stay cool without artificial assistance.

Last week, the Prime Minister said that: “I’ve asked ministers and public and private sector bosses not to wear ties unless it’s necessary.”

As lighthearted as it may sound, European countries are struggling to deal with twin problems: hot and dry weather has driven up energy demand and their political divide is making it difficult to supply the right kind of power.

In light of the conflict with Ukraine, Spain (among others) is looking to break away from its dependence on Russian gas (Spain imports 75% of its natural gas from Russia).

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