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Perma-summer time would do little to cut energy use

With the clocks set to go forward in the UK and EU this weekend, it’s worth noting that the practice of “preserving” daylight has its roots in saving energy: the policy was first implemented by Germany in WW1 to free up coal stocks and was re-adopted in many countries during WW2 and after the oil shocks in the 1970s. So would staying on permanent summer time help to reduce energy use and emissions now?

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