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The use of renewable energy sources in Hungary could reach 45 percent by 2040

Over the past 30 years, Hungary’s emissions have fallen by 32 percent.

As MTI reported, Tamás Menczer, a state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said recently that it is possible for Hungary to achieve 45 percent of its energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2040, adding that Hungary is one of the 21 countries in the world that has been able to reduce its emissions in the last 30 years while growing its economy.

Over the past 30 years, the country’s emissions have fallen by 32 percent and energy consumption has fallen by 15 percent while GDP has grown by 47 percent, he said. He also pointed out that Hungary has surpassed countries like the Netherlands, Germany and Austria in terms of climate goals and the environment. 

By 2030, the Hungarian economy will be 90 percent emission-free, and by 2050 it may become completely climate-neutral, Menczer said. The state secretary also pointed out that the government has four priorities: increasing energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption, maintaining energy independence and maintaining low prices. The government wants to rely on two energy sources, nuclear and renewable, he added.

Menczer reported that the domestic solar cell capacity has reached the level of 2,000 megawatts, which is 13 times the 2018 level. They want to triple the current capacity by 2030 and have 12,000 megawatts available by 2040.

The state secretary stressed that the government will not accept the plans of  Brussels and the domestic parties on the Left that want to raise taxes and prices. The price of environmental protection should not be paid by the people, he concluded. 

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