Just a quick reminder that at 2am tomorrow (Sunday), the clocks go forward one hour, to mark the start of summer time, and make better use of natural daylight – though it is bad news for everyone who likes their bed.
According to l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME), in 2009, the year the last figures available, the amount of electricity saved was 440gwh and 44,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
Italy became the first European country to reintroduce daylight saving in 1966. France followed suit a decade later in 1976. In 1998, daylight saving was harmonised across the European Union, so that all countries moved their clocks forward on the last Sunday in March, and back on the last Sunday in October.