Italian researchers are urging the government to implement summertime throughout the entire year to save energy costs, lessen pollution, and promote public health.
Like the majority of nations, Italy also sets its clocks one hour forward in the spring and one hour back in the fall, thus resulting in lighter mornings and darker evenings.
If summertime were observed throughout the year, according to Alessandro Miani, president of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (Sima), Italy would save $500 million annually on gas costs and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 200,000 tons.
Miani said, “In addition, having more light increases the availability of serotonin, which helps the mood, and gives the opportunity of an extra hour outdoors with possible long-term positive effects on health.”
Extension of summertime could help reduce energy costs
The European Parliament agreed in 2018 to end the requirement that member nations of the European Union change their clocks twice a year, giving them the freedom to choose between “solar” and “summer” time beginning in 2021.
Governments in Europe haven’t yet agreed on a policy, claiming they need to see an impact assessment from the European Commission first.
Energy conservation is becoming more and more necessary. Since invading Ukraine, Russia has reduced gas shipments to Europe, which has caused gas prices to soar to all-time highs.
As nations search for alternative supplies to fill gas reserves for the winter, governments are constantly looking for solutions.
Italian Government Plan to Protect Businesses and Families From Rising Energy Prices
After the country’s biggest business lobby issued a dire warning about an impending “economic earthquake,” the Italian government announced on Thursday that it was putting together a new multi-billion euro plan to protect businesses and families from rising energy prices.
On September 9th, the energy ministers of the EU will meet to discuss the handling of price increases. It seems unlikely that establishing a year-round summertime will be on the agenda.
Sima, an organization with offices in the US, UK, Spain, France, Belgium, and Austria, specializes in research on air and water quality, epidemiology, and the costs of environmental diseases.
According to Miani, the company’s calculations were based on official emissions and energy consumption statistics at various times of the day provided by Terna (TRN.MI), an Italian power grid provider, and GSE, a state-owned energy services company.