Workers at one of Portugal’s government ministries have been told they do not have to wear ties to work this summer – as a cost-cutting measure.
The new rule started on July 15 and will come into force every year from June 1 to September 30.
Assunção Cristas, the new Minister of the Agriculture and Environment, said the need to minimise “environmental impacts” and take into account cost cutting measures introduced by the new Government led to this unique initiative.
The Ministry claims it will allow for a drop of 2°C in the air conditioning units of the ministry buildings during the summer months, saving on electricity costs.
It also says the comfort of employees will be maintained and will give them “a less formal dress code”.
The minister added that a set of measures for energy and environmental sustainability will be soon revealed.