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Sep 09, 2019

President Áder: Hungary has a realistic chance of achieving climate neutrality by 2050

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.

President János Áder has said Hungary has a realistic chance of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

During the closing plenary session of a conference of economists in Nyíregyháza, in north-eastern Hungary, President Áder said climate neutrality can be achievd by meeting several conditions.

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.

President Áder called for a technology shift in the so-called carbon-intensive industries such as cement production and the steel and rubber industry and, in agriculture, for reducing methane emissions and improving the efficiency of fertilizers.

As for the transformation of the power sector, President Áder said completing the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant and expanding solar power plant capacities were key conditions. He added that photovoltaic power generation was expected to double every year, just as it has in the past four years, and with this and the construction of the new block of the Paks facility, more than 90 percent of Hungary’s power generation would be carbon-free by 2030.