Beating the heat: Spain bans AC from dropping below 27°C while India’s default temp is set at 24°C

Spain is currently ravaged by an intense heat wave and the Spanish government has introduced a new rule to prevent air conditioning from being set below 27°C in summer. Closer to home, in India, in an effort to promote energy efficiency in air conditioning, the government has issued an advice to all AC manufacturers and commercial buildings to keep the default temperature setting at 24 degrees Celsius by 2020.

According to Euro news, in the wake of the energy crisis in Europe, a debate has arisen after the Spanish government’s decision to prevent offices, shops and other establishments from dropping air conditioning below 27°C in summer. “It is part of plans to reduce the country’s energy consumption and limit its dependence on Russian gas. The decree, published on Tuesday morning, will also prevent heating from exceeding 19°C in winter.” Euro news report said.

The report further stated that the new rule will be mandatory in all public and commercial buildings, including bars, cinemas, theatres, airports and train stations, and it will likely be “extended as a recommendation to Spanish households”.

This development comes just as Spain, parched by a prolonged heat wave, is reportedly set to exceed 40 degrees. According to AFP report, the heat is exacerbating water shortages that have dogged Spanish agriculture since last winter, with local restrictions on water use in the regions most affected. In addition, the government said earlier this week that Spain’s reservoirs have only 40.4% capacity, according to the report.

Meanwhile, European natural gas prices rose for a second day as traders sought clarity on supplies from Russia and the pace of demand destruction in the region, according to Bloomberg report. In particular, Russia has reduced its exports to Europe to a multi-year low this summer, delivering less than a third of normal volumes, while there is no clarity about further steps, the report said. It is important to note that prices have pushed prices to their highest levels since early March this year, during the early weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while rising energy bills have fueled inflation, forcing parts of the continent into looming recession as countries rush to stockpile gas for the winter months, the report also noted.

(With input from Bloomberg, AFP, Euronews)

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