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Energy supply. state governments and state parliaments want to save energy

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State governments and state parliaments want to save energy

A view from the parliament of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. energy is already saved there. Photo: Arne Dedert/dpa

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The gas crisis threatens to worsen, and calls to the population to save energy are increasing. The public sector wants to set a good example and has a popular topic in mind.

In view of the looming energy crisis in Germany, state governments and parliaments want to use electricity and gas more economically. Many cabinet offices and state parliaments are currently considering heating rooms less in winter and turning off air conditioning in summer, according to a German press agency survey.

Berlin’s economic affairs senator Stefan Schwarz (independent) demanded that the public sector should turn the energy regulator around, just like private households and companies. “Of course, the functionality of the authorities and job security must be maintained, but otherwise I don’t see a taboo,” he emphasized. The Berlin Senate created an interdepartmental working group. “The goal is for all Senate departments to identify potential further savings of at least ten percent by August at the latest.”

In winter, instead of 22 degrees, only 20

The parliament of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is already making savings. The air conditioner cools the building to 24 degrees instead of only 21 degrees, as the spokesperson said. On the other hand, the parliament of the Saarland state plans savings only in winter. then the heating temperature should be reduced from 22 to 20 degrees, it says.

20 degrees is already normal in winter in Baden-Württemberg. The Ministry of Finance is currently discussing the issue of heating the offices of government employees to a maximum of 18 degrees in winter. One is open to the federal government amending the workplace statute accordingly, a ministry spokesman said. When it comes to cooling in the summer, no one wants to change anything in the southwest. unlike the federal government, the freeze there was only for a long time below 26 degrees.

As a possible solution, one of the times of the coronavirus epidemic is also put into action. For example, Schwerin’s Ministry of Finance is investigating whether increased use of the home office would be a way to save energy. Government buildings in North Rhine-Westphalia may soon only be partially heated. The possibility arises from “changed work situations” such as home office regulations, according to Dusseldorf’s finance ministry.

Bundestag administration offices were also damaged

The plans of the Bundestag are already more specific. The council decided on Thursday that the offices of the deputies, their employees and the administration of the Bundestag should be heated only at 20 degrees instead of the previous 22 degrees in winter. Whereas air conditioning systems used to provide a pleasant 24 to 26 degrees in summer, depending on the outside temperature, in the future it will be 26 to 28 degrees.

The topic of energy saving is relevant in cities as well. “Even now, we all need to save every kilowatt hour possible,” City Council President Marcus Liu told the Funke media group’s newspapers (online/print Monday). Everything belongs to the test, and cities are already trying to contribute. Lue mentioned reducing street lighting at night and less hot water in public buildings as possible measures.


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