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The threat of the energy crisis will have been enough to bring the 27 countries of the European Union to agreement. While the French government is presenting its energy sobriety plan on Thursday, it is time for savings across the whole of the old continent. The energy ministers of the 27 have also agreed to aim for a 10% reduction in their electricity consumption during the winter.

Our neighbors must therefore also make major efforts. Very dependent on Russian gas, Italy will also adopt a sobriety plan which sets the maximum temperature at 19 degrees in schools and public buildings, exactly as in France. In housing, Italians are invited to lower the heating by one degree and must wait until November to turn it on.

Strict measures from August in Spain

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For its part, Germany will also present new measures, shortly. But the government of Olaf Scholz already imposes the reduction of the use of domestic hot water in offices, which also provides for the French plan. This would save about 10% of the energy consumption of buildings.

Like Paris, Berlin drastically reduces the illumination of public monuments, like the very touristy Brandenburg Gate. In Spain, the government of Pedro Sanchez imposed fairly strict measures in August. Shop windows must be dark from 10 p.m.

Lithuania’s ambition

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On this point, the French plan is content with a more vague objective: The advertisements and illuminated signs must go out when the store closes. Finally, small Lithuania, which stopped importing gas from its Russian neighbor in June, unveiled one of the most ambitious sobriety plans in Europe. When Paris plans to reduce its energy consumption by 40% by 2050, Vilnius intends to go halfway, or 20% less energy, in just two years.

For this, the authorities impose in particular the reduction to 16 or 17 degrees of the temperature of the buildings on weekends.

Source: Europe1

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