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Germany Proposes Cooler Office Temperatures to Save Gas

  • Measure would affect both public and private sector workplaces
  • Country seeks to fill gas stockpiles to 95% by November
An office building in the financial district of Frankfurt, Germany.

An office building in the financial district of Frankfurt, Germany.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg
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Germany is proposing additional energy-saving measures as Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government seeks to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian natural gas supplies.

The Economy Ministry suggested reducing the minimum temperature in offices -- in both the public and private sectors -- to be lowered to 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) as it seeks to cut gas consumption by 20%, according to a statement. It would take place in the cooler months, when demand for heating is typically high.