Energy Sobriety Plan: What our neighbors in the European Union are planning

Energy Sobriety Plan: What our neighbors in the European Union are planning

Barthelemy Philippe
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06:52, 06 October 2022

As the government unveils the details of its energy-saving plan on Thursday, it’s also time for our neighbors in the European Union to make savings. The energy ministers of the 27 have agreed to reduce their electricity consumption by 10% this winter.

The threat of the energy crisis will have been enough to bring the 27 countries of the European Union to an agreement. As the French government unveils its energy saving plan on Thursday, it’s time for savings across the old continent. The Energy Ministers of the 27 have also agreed to reduce their electricity consumption by 10% in winter.

Our neighbors must therefore also make great efforts. Italy, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas, will also adopt a sobriety plan that sets the maximum temperature in schools and public buildings at 19 degrees, just like France. In housing, Italians are being asked to lower the heating by one degree and will have to wait until November to turn it on.

Strict measures from August in Spain

Germany, for its part, will soon be presenting new measures. But Olaf Scholz’s government is already enforcing a reduction in hot water consumption in offices, which is also what the French plan envisages. This would save about 10% of the energy consumption of buildings.

Like Paris, Berlin is drastically reducing the lighting of public monuments, such as the very touristy Brandenburg Gate. In Spain, Pedro Sanchez’s government imposed fairly strict measures in August. Shop windows must be dark after 10 p.m.

Lithuania’s ambition

On this point, the French plan is content with a more vague objective: the advertisements and neon signs must go out after closing time. Finally, tiny Lithuania, which stopped importing gas from its Russian neighbor in June, unveiled one of the most ambitious austerity plans in Europe. While Paris plans to cut its energy consumption by 40% by 2050, Vilnius aims to halve or use 20% less energy in just two years.

To this end, the authorities prescribe in particular that the building temperature be lowered to 16 or 17 degrees at the weekend.


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