Infotech “It is 22 to 24 degrees, winter and summer”: at La Défense, it is still difficult to lower the air conditioning

“It is 22 to 24 degrees, winter and summer”: at La Défense, it is still difficult to lower the air conditioning




Sitting on a wooden bench, Albert, 27, smokes a cigarette at the foot of the Areva tower, flagship of French nuclear power, in La Défense, France’s leading business district, in Hauts-de-Seine. This Monday 1er August, this young nuclear project management employee attended the group’s traditional weekly meeting. For the first time since he joined the company three months ago, it was about energy savings:

“We were told to be careful to turn off the light when leaving the rooms, to turn off the computers when leaving, to sort our waste…”

But, to his great displeasure, nothing concerning the abusive air conditioning in the offices. However, the subject is a burning one for the government, which wants to reduce energy consumption by 10% by 2024 and calls on all French people to make a collective effort through small gestures. Reducing air conditioning in summer has thus become an issue for companies

Faced with the potential stoppage of Russian gas deliveries, the government is working on an “energy sobriety” plan, which will be unveiled at the end of September, to reduce business consumption. On the menu: increased use of telework, night-time extinction of illuminated signs, limitation of heating when it is over 19 degrees in offices and therefore of air conditioning below 26 degrees. This last measure, particularly hammered by the Minister of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, already appears in a d

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