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President János Áder said the life and death of Count Lajos Batthyány, prime minister of Hungary’s first independent government, reminds Hungarians of the value of a country’s freedom and independence.
Addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, President János Áder outlined Hungary’s achievements and future goals concerning climate policy and briefed world leaders on the country’s Virtual Power Plant scheme.
President János Áder said Hungary could entirely eliminate coal-fired power plants once the capacity expansion at the Paks nuclear plant is complete and the country has an installed solar generation capacity of at least 7,000 megawatts.
The President said this requires, among other things, the decarbonization of almost 100 percent of the power generation industry, improving the energy efficiency of buildings, a higher utilization of thermal energy, phasing out coal and significantly reducing emissions in the transport sector.
The President said that since 1989, many dreams such as democracy, a multi-party system, freedom of speech and accession to NATO and the European Union, have come true, while others are yet to be fulfilled.
“Ever since the first free elections held in 1990, all constitutional conditions have been in place for us to decide on our own fate and on the issues affecting our present and future," said President János Áder.