President János Áder said the fight against climate change “will be won or lost in cities”.
Following a meeting with Károly Szita, head of the Association of Cities with County Rights (MJVSZ), on Tuesday, the president said cities are the main battleground of the fight against climate change. More than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by 2050 this will be three out of four people, he said, adding that cities were therefore a key actor when it came to energy consumption and emissions. He noted that Budapest joined the international climate protection cooperation scheme Under2 in 2015, followed by Hungary’s cities with county rights in 2018.
Meanwhile, the president said certain exhibitors at the Planet Budapest sustainability expo beginning at the end of the month will be presenting on how to build smart cities, operate the existing infrastructure more efficiently and in a more eco-friendly way, and improve energy efficiency.
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