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South Korea Caps Temperature Levels in Buildings to Save Energy

  • Heating in government offices and schools to be controlled
  • Severity of energy crisis forces Korea to take extreme step

South Korea is putting a cap on temperature levels in public buildings this winter in an effort to trim electricity consumption amid the deepening global energy crisis.

Temperatures in the country’s state-owned buildings, including government offices, public schools and sports centers, will be kept below 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit) from Tuesday to the end of March, according to an energy ministry statement. The government is taking the extreme measure because of the severity of the energy crisis, it said.