Hungary has achieved significant results in the battle against climate change, President János Áder said in his address at the R20 Austrian World Summit international conference on climate change in Vienna. Since 1990, Hungary has successfully raised its GDP by 50% while cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 32%, energy consumption by 15% and greenhouse gas emissions by 35%, Áder said. The international Under 2 movement, comprising cities pledging to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990, also has 23 Hungarian cities among its members, he said. “If we succeed in implementing the investments we planned to do until 2030, 90% of Hungarian electricity production will produce no carbon dioxide by that date,” he said. According to current plans, Hungary’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will not exceed the amount that Hungarian forests can neutralise, Áder said.
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian Chancellor Alexander van der Bellen and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg were among the speakers at the conference hosting 150 speakers from 30 countries.