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The package of urgent measures for efficiency and energy savings approved by the Council of Ministers more than a week ago comes into force this Wednesday with a large sectoral division. The vast majority of companies will apply the measures, although not all will do so in a compliant manner. Hospitality and food distribution do not see problems, but in the trade there are many doubts.

“The measures are simple and they are going to be applied massively and without high costs”, assures this medium the President of Hospitality of Spain, José Luis Yzuel. Bars and restaurants from the beginning have seen it with good eyes.

In fact, in this case, the employer celebrates the decision that the Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Riberawill specify that bars and restaurants can limit the use of air conditioning to “around 25 degrees”, taking into account the recommendations of the labor legislation, compared to the 27 degrees contemplated by the decree-law.

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For supermarkets, the energy saving package is also very positive and they will apply it. In fact, it is “consistent” with what they have been demanding for a long time, according to sources in the sector. An example of this is that the Dia supermarket chain has raised the temperature of its stores to 25 degrees, but without breaking the cold chain of stores and warehouses where the decree-law does not affect.

The same is the case with hoteliers, who will apply the regulations as they have been doing for a long time. The President of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels (Cehat), Jorge Marichalhas stressed that the measures do not take the sector “by surprise”.

The big problem arises in commerce and textile stores, where limiting the use of air conditioning to 27 degrees in summer and heating to 19 degrees in winter is not so viable. “You cannot be at 25 or 27 degrees with the heat that it is,” denounces the president of the Business Association of Textile Trade, Accessories and Leather (Acotex), Eduardo Zamácola.

With regard to turning off shop window lighting from 10:00 p.m., the textile employers also show their doubts regarding the time slot to follow, since there is no time limit or established time for turning off. This is one of the great doubts that this plan has generated.

Close of doors

On the other hand, they also criticize the obligation to have an automatic door closing system. “It is contradictory with the ventilation measures to prevent Covid”, they point out In addition, they believe that it will be a brake on sales in the sector, which have not yet finished recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

Here there are large companies that can be greatly affected by this measure, whose margin to apply it is until September 30. One of them is Primarksince part of its establishments do not have this type of doors, such as the one on Gran Vía in Madrid.

Doors of the Primark store in Gran Vía (Madrid).

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Despite this, the firm ensures that it will apply the plan. “At Primark we already have an energy saving policy in all our stores and we are evaluating new measures to implement in line with the guidelines of the Spanish Government,” company sources told EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia.

The same goes for El Corte Inglés. In his case, the centers that had open doors were Parquesur and La Vaguada, but a month ago the department stores announced their closure in a reorganization process.

Also the sanctions are concerned, which they consider to be very high. It should be remembered that commercial spaces, public buildings, cultural spaces and hotels that fail to comply with the energy saving and efficiency plan approved by the Government will face fines of up to 60,000 euros for minor infractions, up to six million euros for serious and up to 100 million euros for the very serious.

Review and flexibility

Along these same lines, yesterday the Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC), which advocated the review of the royal decree law on energy saving measures. They consider that the plan does not take into account the diversity and the different peculiarities of establishments in terms of type of product and the geographical area in which it is located.

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With this purpose, the Confederation pointed out that the Government should have had the consensus and contributions of small businesses, before imposing measures “that are difficult to apply, and that have caused legal uncertainty, due to their contradiction with other existing regulations.”

Others, like the Spanish Association of Shopping Centers and Parks (AECC) they ask for flexibility in their application given the short time frame given to implement them and the difficulty, in practice, of being able to carry them out.

The Banks are also going to have to adjust to this new energy plan. As reported by the UGT, CaixaBank is going to maintain its current policy of dress codefor which there is flexibility in the use of suit and tie.

In the offices, the entity will comply with the new air conditioning regulations, with a temperature not lower than 27 degrees in summer and not higher than 19 degrees when the use of heating is necessary. Likewise, the entity’s illuminated signs will be turned off at 10:00 p.m., although the exterior banners of the branches will remain lit to indicate the existence of ATMs 24 hours a day.

Source: Elespanol

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