Government approves energy efficiency plan

The Council of Ministers has approved a plan of energy saving and efficiency measures, addressed to the General State Administration (AGE) and to entities of the state public sector. This plan, promoted by the Ministries of Finance and Public Function and for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, has as main objectives to rationalise the use of administrative buildings and facilities, as well as the establishment of ways of organizing the work of public employees that result in this energy saving, while guaranteeing the full provision of services and attention to citizens.

The plan of energy saving measures is one of the commitments contemplated in the National Plan of response to the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine, approved by the Council of Ministers on March 29. This warlike conflict has raised the price of fuels in Europe at historic levels and has highlighted the risks of high energy dependence.

With this plan, the General State Administration assumes a role of leadership and exemplarity and faces the challenge of promoting actions that promote savings and efficiency in this area in the state public sector in the current circumstances.

In this way, another of the objectives is to serve as a model for other public administrations and private entities to join this initiative, all with the idea of ​​obtaining, in the short term, savings in the electricity bill, as well as contributing to the reinforcement of energy security of the country.

Main measures

Among the main measures included in the plan, relating to the rationalisation in the facilities and use of administrative buildings of the General Administration of the State and of the entities of the institutional public sector, the following stand out:

Establishment and rationalisation of switch-on schedules and shutdown of air conditioning, lighting and office equipment. In addition, the contracted electrical power will be checked in these properties.

Maintenance of an optimal level of occupancy of the buildings.

Control of adequate temperature conditions in premises and air-conditioned facilities.

Promotion of the installation in public buildings and infrastructures of Photovoltaic panels for self-consumption.

Inclusion in the administrative contracting records of clauses that establish as an assessment criterion the application of measures involving energy savings.

Optimisation of exterior lighting in buildings, monuments, parks, gardens or roads, with regulation of on and off hours and the light level in those areas.

Monitoring of the use of consumables: paper, plastics and other office supplies.

Regarding the measures that refer to the promotion of formulas, organisational measures that public employees must adopt, guaranteeing fully attention to citizenship, the plan includes, among others:

Reinforcement of the remote work modality, to reduce the energy impact both by commuting to the workplace as for the energy consumption in the work centre itself, always guaranteeing the provision and quality of the public service.

In this way, each Ministry or state entity must approve a Work Plan that will incorporate a declaration of positions capable of teleworking, who meet the conditions for it.

The Plan approved by the Council of Ministers contemplates, in general, those employees with remote jobs will be able to telework three days a week and will attend two in person.

For duly motivated organisational reasons, it may be possible to authorise two days of remote work. In addition.

The implementation of the service provision system through remote work will be voluntary. The remote work plan will be approved by the Secretary of State for Public Administration.

The minimum percentage of provision of face-to-face services must always be greater than 40% throughout the day.

This organisational measure will apply regardless of the decree that will specifically regulate teleworking, whose elaboration is being finalised and that the Government hopes to approve in brief.

The use of collective transport for the public will be promoted and encouraged.

Public employees to promote sustainable mobility.

Likewise, the use of bicycles will be encouraged, for which parking should be enabled for these vehicles in the public buildings.

The Plan will also include a series of training and awareness measures, which will take the form, for example, of giving free courses to public employees to promote the efficient use of energy in the office and in the use of the car, through the e-learning platform of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE).

For the coordination of the Plan, the creation of a working group is foreseen between the two departments (Treasury and Public Function and for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge), with the technical support of the IDAE.

The monitoring of the execution data of the energy plan is carried out by the IDAE, using the Management Information System for this purpose.

Energy of Buildings of the General Administration of the State (SIGEE AGE). All buildings and infrastructures affected by this Plan must be registered on this platform.

Other measures

This new plan will complement and result in the strategy that is carried out by the Government in terms of efficiency and energy saving. A) Yes, Since 2021, the General State Administration has been undertaking an exercise in unprecedented energy improvement.

In this way, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge is mobilising a budget of more than 1 billion euro, charged to component 11 of the Recovery Plan, Transformation and Resilience, through an Energy Transition Plan in the AGE, which acts on its buildings, energy-consuming infrastructures and its mobility.

In parallel, in compliance with the ninth additional provision of the Law on climate change and energy transition, the Plan for reduction of energy consumption in the General State Administration, with the aim that energy consumer centres, belonging to the State, reduce their energy consumption in the year 2030, in line with the ‘Long-term strategy for energy rehabilitation in the sector of construction in Spain’ and the ‘National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2030’.