The winter schedule is restored next Sunday – La Provincia

The winter schedule is restored next Sunday - La Provincia


The early next Sunday morning will end the summer time, which will give way to the winter, when at 03.00 the clock is delayed an hour and will be again 02.00 in the Peninsula and the Canary Islands, at 02.00 will be 01.00. That means that the night from Saturday to Sunday will sleep an hour more.

According to the Community Directive Change of Time, the passage from summer time to winter time occurs on the last Sunday of October throughout Europe. The regulation is mandatory and the motivation is to achieve energy savings, although this could change before 2020, since the European Commission has proposed to eliminate it and the Government has been "quite in agreement".

Specifically, the European Comission It has left the decision in the hands of the governments and has asked them speedily in the decision making to ensure that the last change of time in the community block occurs in 2019 and that it takes place without causing problems as a result of the lack of coordination between the capitals.

According to the calendar set by the European Commission, the last obligatory change of time will take place on March 31, 2019 and the Member States wishing to return at winter time will make a final change on October 27. From that date, no further changes can be made. To this end, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU – the institution in which the countries are represented – must agree and approve the regulations by March 2019 at the latest.

According to estimates of Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), the potential for savings in lighting could reach around 300 million euros, equivalent to 5 percent of the total. Of that amount, 90 million corresponds to the potential of Spanish households, which means a saving of 6 euros per household and 210 million would be saved in buildings of the tertiary and industry.
This custom of delaying the clock in winter time and overtaking it in summer began to be used in a generalized way in 1974 in order to make better use of sunlight (and consume less electricity) after the first oil crisis.

The European Directive that governs the so-called 'Time change'Fixed that summer time begins on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.

In this way, starting next Sunday Spain Regain your official time, which is to go one hour ahead of the time marked by the Greenwich Mean Time (Greenwich Mean Time GMT).

The change of time is made in some 70 countries around the world although Japan is the only industrialized country that has not yet adapted to this regulation. In particular, it applies in all countries of Europe, South America, Africa and in some areas of the United States and Canada.

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