Green opposition LMP has called on the government not to extend the operating licence of the Mátrai Erőmű coal-based electricity plant near Gyöngyös, in northern Hungary, which will expire at the end of 2025. Party lawmaker Péter Ungár said that the government had repeatedly stated that it wants to transform the system of energy supplies to be based on a combination of renewable resources and nuclear energy. If this is true, then there is no reason to extend the operating licence of a “real climate-killer power plant”, he added. Ungár called on the government to declare that Hungary’s energy supplies would be carbon-free by 2030.
Workers of Mátrai Erőmű need to be retrained without delay so that they can find jobs in other energy sectors, he said. Ungár said in July that the plant emits about 14% of Hungary’s greenhouse gases. Keeping the plant operational will compromise the country’s ability to hit its climate protection targets, he added. Ungár said that whereas the plant produced a big portion of Hungarian heat and electricity, it used outdated technology.