Posted: Saturday October 24 2020 07:36
At 3:00 a.m. on this Sunday, October 25, the clocks will be delayed by one hour and return at 2:00 a.m. (from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the Canary Islands). In Spain, the time has changed for over 100 years, but only for a little over twenty (1994) this change is made on the last Sunday in October.
There has been a lot of debate about the reasons for the time change and whether or not it works. In the end, experts and leaders across the European Union chose to eliminate it; that way we could be facing the latest for over a century.
The measure which decrees the end of the time change was approved by the majority of the EU’s partners – 410 votes in favor, 192 against and 51 abstentions -, and was born from a survey in which 80% of Europeans voted shown in favor of elimination. In addition, the majority prefer the permanent introduction of daylight saving time.
However, each country will be free to decide how long it takes. Member States that decide to stick to daylight saving time will change the clock for the last time in March 2021, while those that choose winter time will have to change the time again in October 2021 .
Why is the time change made?
Daylight saving has been regulated in Europe since 2001 and is linked to better use of daylight hours and energy savings. Originally, when it was first approved in 1918, the goal was to address “the coal shortage caused by World War I,” as the National Geographic Institute notes.
Over the years, this strategy has been seen as a good way to harmonize the schedule with that of neighboring countries and at the same time reduce consumption. Precisely, this last point has created a whole mantra: the change of time, by necessity, reduces the use of electricity.
If we look at the data for 2012 from the Institute for Diversification and Energy Savings (IDAE), the potential for lighting savings induced by this proposal only in Spain is 5%. Basically, they would save around 300 million euros.
Now, if we look at the most recent information, as of 2019, maintaining the time change loses meaning: “There is no updated data to show savings,” said the organization at the EFE agency last year.
There are no recent reports of energy savings over time, while new energy efficiency requirements have changed the way savings are calculated. We will have to wait until 2021 to know what time will choose the member countries, but one thing is clear: it seems that we will stop changing the clock soon.