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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is proposing that Spaniards adopt a permanent, casual dress code on Fridays in a bid to save energy.
Sánchez donned an open-collared white shirt at a press conference on Friday to discuss the country’s annual performance.
“I would like you to note that I am not wearing a tie. This means that we can all save from an energy point of view,” the prime minister told reporters at the press conference. “I have therefore asked all ministers and public decision-makers [to follow suit].”
Sánchez also called on the private sector to drop the tie so that “we all contribute to much-needed energy savings in our country”, but did not specify how the measure would limit the use of public services.
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With temperatures topping 104 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of the country, Spaniards rely on air conditioning.
On Thursday, Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Environment Minister, encouraged voters to pay attention to energy consumption, but stressed that the government did not expect people’s daily lives to be disrupted.
“We can tell the kids to turn off the lights or lower the blinds… It’s also important to use the thermostat correctly,” she said.
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The cost of energy has skyrocketed for Spanish businesses and households in recent months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Sánchez said the government would unveil an energy-saving plan next week aimed at reducing utility bills and reliance on “the aggressor, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.