Industry wants to avoid a daylight saving time patchwork
Always forwards, never backwards? While the German construction industry is in any case against the EU's planned abolition of the time change, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is taking a more relaxed approach.26 Oct. 2018 David Schahinian
Felix Pakleppa, Managing Director of the Central German Construction Industry Association (ZDB), is not impressed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's plans to leave the time change up to the individual member states in the future. According to Pakleppa, the proposal will result in chaos rather than bring about progress . In Germany, a majority was in favor of maintaining daylight saving time throughout the year. Depending on where you live, that means daylight may not prevail until just before ten o'clock in the morning, according to Pakleppa. For contractors this means that they would either have to illuminate the construction sites or employees would have to work longer in the evening. The ZDB feels that the current system should be maintained.
The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) finds that if the time change is abolished it should take place EU-wide. That is not likely to "seriously impact" the German economy, said Managing Director Martin Wansleben. The current system means additional costs for some enterprises, such as for company's with shifts or for Deutsche Bahn. He nevertheless feels that positive and negative effects tend to balance each other out, adding that it is important to avoid taking overly hasty action.
Back in 2016, the Bundestag had already discussed a report that summarized the state of research on daylight saving time on 168 pages. According to the report, there was no evidence that daylight saving time has any serious positive or negative effects on energy use, the economy or health.
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