Law preventing air conditioners from dropping below 80 degrees is now in effect

The new law cracks down on the use of air conditioners in commercial environments in Spain.

To conserve energy and reduce pollution, a new law is now in effect that prevents air conditioners from cooling below 80 degrees during the summer and prevents furnaces from heating to temperatures above 66 during the coldest months in Spain. The new law, the first of its kind in Europe, and possibly in the world, sets out a series of measures to save energy and use it more efficiently, which, according to the decree, “are urgent and necessary when it s is about reducing energy consumption. in general, and reducing… dependence on energy outside the Spanish economy.

The law, which entered into force this week, remains in force until the end of November 2023. The law targets public buildings and commercial spaces, such as airports, bars, restaurants, train stations, shopping malls and theaters . Although the law does not apply to people’s homes at this time, authorities are encouraging residents to reflect commercial policies in their homes.

The new law is under attack from an upset and angry population who believe the government is not doing enough to establish energy security. Like the rest of the European Union, which derives most of its natural gas from Russia, Spain has agreed to reduce its energy consumption by at least 7% to reduce its dependence on Russia, which is fighting Ukraine in a regional war.

Right-wing conservative groups are against the measure. Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the president of the Madrid region, said she would refuse to enforce the law in Madrid. Ayuso tweeted that Madrid would not participate in the law, adding that “it generates insecurity and drives away tourism and consumption. It causes darkness, poverty, sadness, while the government conceals the question: what savings are you going to apply to yourself?

Due to the pushback, Spain announced some changes to the law. First, a list of establishments that will be exempt from the law has been published; they include schools, universities and hospitals. Bars, restaurants and specific shops will also be able to use air conditioning up to 77 degrees, a few degrees colder than the minimum 80 degrees required elsewhere. Restaurants continue to complain, saying they typically keep thermostats as low as 65 to keep kitchens and wait staff cool and customers comfortable.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is urging people to dress more casually to stay cool, urging men to ditch ties. “I’m not wearing a tie,” Sanchez told reporters. “That means we can all save energy too. I have asked ministers and all civil servants, and I would also like to appeal to the private sector, if they have not already done so, not to wear a tie when it is not necessary,” said he added.

With the focus on air conditioning during the peak summer months, people are starting to worry about heating limits set for winter, saying the 66-degree limit is too cold for places to traditional work.

In addition to adapting to the reduction in energy consumption due to the conflict in Ukraine, Spain hopes that these efforts will improve the local weather and climate. “I want something to be very clear,” Sanchez said. “Climate change kills; he kills people, as we have seen; it also kills our ecosystem, our biodiversity, and it destroys the things we hold dear as a society – our homes, our businesses and our livestock.

Karl M. Bailey