Hungary’s responsibility in pollution is much smaller than that of large economies such as the United States, China or India, President János Áder said in an interview with public Kossuth Radio.
Speaking ahead of the UN climate summit in New York where he will represent Hungary, the president said that while it was “right” to review the challenges and responsibilities facing Hungary in fighting climate change, it was important to note that Hungary accounts for 0.00137% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and 1% that of the EU’s. Carbon emissions per capita in Hungary are well below the EU average, with Germany emitting twice and the US three and a half times as much per capita as Hungary, Áder said.
Hungary has reduced its emissions since 1990 by the same degree as Denmark, while emissions have risen in Spain, Austria and Ireland, he said. With the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant, a tenfold growth in solar energy capacity and a phasing out of fossil fuel-cased energy production, over 90% of electricity can be produced by carbon-free methods by 2030, Áder said.
Speaking of the climate summit to be held between Sept. 21 and 23, Áder said it will be a policy-oriented debate focusing on declaring intentions and a readiness to act, but “there is no intention to sign an agreement”.