Energy usage decree amended to reduce air conditioning use

Turn down the air-conditioning Draghi says

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Government amends energy usage decree as it seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas supplies. The summer may well be long and hot with air conditioning turned down in public offices.

Air conditioning systems will be set to keep the temperature no lower than a balmy 25-27 Celsius (77-81 F) during the warmest months of the year. This is according to an amendment to a government decree on energy usage. The aim is to reduce Italy’s reliance on Russian gas supplies, Reuters reports.

In the winter, rooms will not be heated beyond a maximum of 19-21 Celsius under rules due to come into force from the start of May to the end of next March.

Government energy decree

The amendment is part of a government energy decree currently being vetted by the Upper House of Parliament.

Currently, local authorities specify in which months heating and cooling systems can be used. However, the authorities do not currently set temperature limits for public buildings.

Italy receives around 40% of its gas imports from Russia. Government ministers have been looking to diversify the country’s energy supplies since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ministers agreed a deal in the Congo Republic today, following on from the deal with Angola on Wednesday. Last week, Italy agreed a deal with Algeria to increase supplies from the north African country.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi has suggested dialling down air conditioning and heating systems as one of the ways in which Italy can help to reduce its energy consumption.

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