Why This Country’s PM Urged Ministers, Officials To Stop Wearing Ties

Why this country's prime minister urged ministers and officials to stop wearing ties

Feeling a little more comfortable would save energy, he said.

Madrid:

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Friday called on office workers to throw their sartorial care to the wind and let go of their ties amid scorching summer temperatures.

In a move that may surprise some, even given Spain’s famously hot climate, Sanchez urged office workers to follow his own rampant example.

“I’d like you to see I’m not wearing a tie,” Sanchez said with a broad smile, pointing to his open-neck shirt at a press conference in Madrid.

Feeling a little more comfortable would save energy if it resulted in less air conditioning being used, he said.

“This means we can all save energy,” he said, adding that he had asked all ministers and officials to stop wearing ties and hoped the private sector would follow suit.

The Spanish government will take a series of “urgent” energy-saving measures on Monday, Sanchez said, “in line with what other European countries are doing”, without elaborating further.

Following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission released a €210 billion plan in mid-May to boost renewables and reduce energy consumption to end dependence on Russian gas.

In response, Spain has taken several measures, including encouraging remote working and limiting air conditioning in offices in the summer and radiators in the winter.

The 27 EU countries also agreed on Tuesday to “reduce their gas demand by 15 percent compared to their average consumption over the past five years, between 1 August 2022 and 31 March 2023, with measures of their own choosing,” the European Council said in a statement. a statement.

Several German cities this week said they would step up efforts to conserve energy, with Hanover in the north announcing plans to offer cold showers only at public swimming pools and sports centers and Berlin turning off the floodlights that illuminate its historic monuments.

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