Time change 2022 – winter time: move the clock forward or back?

Is this the last time the time changes?

As early as 2018, the EU had proposed abolishing the time change in EU countries for 2019. However, there are currently still problems with the agreement between the individual countries. In reality, there should be no timetable changes from 2021. It is assumed that due to the corona pandemic, talks on DST regulations have not yet continued. The 27 countries continue to discuss how to implement the elimination of the time change. And without a deal, the whole project can even fail. During the discussions, it became clear that some EU countries – such as Portugal – are essentially nearing the end of the time change.

According to the European Commission’s plan, each country can decide for itself in which time zone it will stay permanently: it would be possible, for example, that Germany would decide differently than its neighbors Belgium or France – and the countries would therefore be in Time Zones. A sort of “patchwork of different time zones in Europe” would emerge. So it remains to be seen when the end of the time shift will really come.

Origin of the time change in the USA

How did the introduction of the time change come about? At the current pace – that is, the clocks are placed forward on the last Sunday in March and postponed to the last Sunday in October – the time change in Germany has only been in effect since 1996. However, the time change as such has existed for much longer.

Inventor Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, first mentioned a time change in a letter in 1784. Franklin humorously criticized the high consumption of candles and suggested waking people in the sunrise to make better use of the sunlight.

History of summer and winter time in Germany

There were similar considerations in the German Reich, where in 1893 the central European uniform time was first established by law. Previously, each place had a different time, which depended on the position of the sun. Daylight saving time was then first introduced during World War I to save energy from coal, although it was still at different intervals at the time.

The 1973 oil crisis led several European countries to adopt the clock change. Germany initially hesitated, but then followed suit in 1980. The rule was last changed in 1996. All summer times in Europe were standardized at that time and winter time was introduced as a counterpoint. The European Parliament is currently reviewing the change between daylight saving and winter time.

Purpose of time change: use natural light, save energy

The time change should mean that people can use daylight for longer, thus reducing electricity consumption.

It is now known that the changeover to the euro produces little or no savings. The German government ruled in 2005: “Although people don’t turn on their lights as often in the evening in the summer, they also get warmer in the morning in the spring and autumn – this cancels each other out.” Consequently, the change of time seems to have lost its original meaning.

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