A great idea to help global warming during the summer
ROME: Last week, when employees at Eni, Italy's largest power company, turned on their computers, a survey popped up on the screen: Would they be willing to relinquish suits and ties for the summer so that Eni could turn down its central air conditioning, saving money and reducing carbon emissions? Ninety percent said yes.
So this week, corporate offices in Rome and Milan began an experiment in permitting "lighter and cooler" office attire as the height of summer approaches. In this formal, fashion-conscious country, where suits are the uniform of every office, men at Eni this week turned up in polo shirts, women in T-shirts and skirts.
By allowing the building temperature to creep up just 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the company estimates it will save 217,000 kilowatts per hour this summer, a reduction of 126 tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere over the season, or the amount of carbon emissions that would be saved if 140 employees came to work by public transportation rather than private car for a year.
The company did not stipulate a summer dress code, urging employees to be "informal" and "appropriate," although Italian newspapers predicted Bermuda shorts in the office soon.from www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/0…