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Reintroduction of Daylight-saving Time Mulled

News2006-07-04

The government is considering reinstating daylight-saving time, a system to extend the use of daylight during the summer season.

At the 13th national energy conservation committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Han Myung-sook Monday, the government and civic groups agreed on energy saving measures, including the introduction of daylight-saving time.

The participants agreed to foster conditions for efficient use of daylight and gather public consensus on the introduction.

Under daylight-saving time, people set the clock an hour earlier to make better use of the longer summer days. Used by 80 countries worldwide, it hasn't been implemented in South Korea since 1989.

Daylight-saving time could save the country eight percent on electricity for household lights and five percent for air conditioning.

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