Ireland to turn off heating in public buildings and close empty office floors

Ireland to turn off heating in public buildings and close empty office floors

Irish Minister for Transport, Climate, Environment and Communications Eamon Ryan during an interview with Reuters in his office ahead of a trip to COP26 in Dublin, Ireland, October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

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DUBLIN, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Ireland will turn off heating in public buildings and ask government employees to work on the same floor, in line with energy-saving measures to be approved by Cabinet on Wednesday, Energy Secretary Eamon Ryan said.

Public buildings, with the exception of social institutions such as hospitals, should be heated to no more than 19 degrees Celsius (66 °F), as well as unnecessary heating of low-traffic areas, Ryan said after a meeting of senior ministers.

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“It is very important that we reduce our usage to help save money. It is very practical and we will take the lead in the public sector. It’s not like we’re going missing, but be careful how we heat our facilities,” Ryan told national broadcaster RTE on Tuesday. .

The cost of energy in Ireland and much of Europe has skyrocketed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, in part because of Russia’s retaliation against a series of Western sanctions.

Ryan said the measures, including encouraging consumers not to wash clothes or dishes between 5pm and 7pm, the most expensive peak time of the day, were aimed at keeping Ireland’s particularly limited supply as well as cutting bills.

The government also intends to provide financial support to consumers and businesses in its September 27 budget.

Ryan said he would also back the European Commission’s proposals at the EU energy ministers’ meeting on Friday to put a price cap on certain electricity generators that don’t run on gas and use some of the excess income to cut household bills.

“I believe we can come to an agreement,” Ryan said.

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