Brussels region presents energy-saving plan
Amid the ongoing energy crisis, the Brussels region has announced several measures intended to reduce excess consumption in the capital.
Dubbed "Switches down, Brussels up", the campaign calls on companies and businesses to take energy-saving measures to reduce usage in workplaces.
This call to action for businesses means that four new measures will come into force - but not until January 2024.
These are the switching off of illuminated signs and interior lighting from 23.00 to 6.00, except for establishments such as night shops or pharmacies on call; the mandatory switching off of interior lighting in shops and offices that are closed from 23.00 to 6:00, except if workers are still carrying out their activity; keeping the doors to heated buildings closed tight; and the banning of outdoor heaters (electric or gas) in the public space in favour of having customers use blankets.
The campaign also reminds businesses of the existing support measures put in place by the government that enable them to make energy-saving investments.
The energy crisis has been putting a squeeze on businesses in the capital and all through the country, especially in sectors that were already struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.