Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez proposes ditching the tie to save energy

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez invites Spaniards to adopt a permanent casual Friday dress code in an effort to save energy.

Sanchez donned an open-necked white shirt at a press conference on Friday to discuss the country’s annual results.

“Please note that I do not wear a tie. This means that we can all save energy,” the Prime Minister told reporters at a press conference. “Therefore, I asked all ministers and decision makers, [to follow suit].”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks at a press conference at Moncloa Palace in Madrid on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks at a press conference at Moncloa Palace in Madrid on Friday, July 29, 2022.
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Sanchez also urged the private sector to ditch the tie so that “we all do our part to save energy, which is so needed in our country”, but did not specify how this measure will limit the use of utilities.

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With temperature exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of the country, Spaniards rely on air conditioning.

On Thursday, Teresa Ribera, Spain’s environment minister, urged voters to be mindful of energy consumption, but stressed that the government does not expect people’s daily lives to be disrupted.

Wildfires are raging as parts of Spain battle record heat.

Wildfires are raging as parts of Spain battle record heat.
(AP Photo/Gregorio Marrero)

“We can tell the kids to turn off the lights or leave the blinds closed… Proper use of the thermostat is also important,” she said.

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The cost of energy has skyrocketed for Spanish businesses and households in recent months following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Sanchez names Russian President Vladimir Putin "aggressor."

Sanchez called Russian President Vladimir Putin an “aggressor”.
(Vladimir Astapkovich, Sputnik, Kremlin pool, photo via AP)

Sanchez said the government will unveil an energy-saving plan next week that aims to cut utility bills and dependency on “the aggressor, (President of Russia Vladimir) Putin.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.