Italy puts 25C limit on air conditioning as Ukraine crisis forces energy rationing

(The Guardian, 21 Apr 2022) Italy puts 25C limit on air conditioning as Ukraine crisis forces energy rationing ‘Operation thermostat’ initiative aimed at helping country avert shortages and ministers sign gas deal with Angola

Schools and other public buildings in Italy will be forbidden from setting their air conditioning to any setting lower than 25C from next month, under a scheme intended to help the country dodge an energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

The energy rationing initiative, called “operation thermostat”, comes as Italyon Wednesday penned a deal with Angola to ramp up gas supplies from the southern African country.

A declaration of intent was signed to develop “new” natural gas ventures and to increase exports to Italy, a statement from the Italian foreign minister announced.

Ministers also travelled to central Africa on Wednesday in search of alternative gas suppliers to Russia, from where Italy imports about 45% of its natural gas.

A debate over energy squandered through air conditioning arose after the prime minister, Mario Draghi, ironically used air conditioning as an example of something Italians might have to sacrifice in return for peace in Ukraine.

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The Guardian, 21 Apr 2022: Italy puts 25C limit on air conditioning as Ukraine crisis forces energy rationing