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The United Nations' climate summit in New York has met its goal: it has lent participating countries momentum to their fight against global warming and encouraged them to make further commitments, Hungarian President János Áder said.

The president addressed the climate summit on Monday, and participated in a conference on sustainable development goals organised within the UN General Assembly session. On Wednesday, Áder held bilateral talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. They concluded that the climate event could greatly contribute to the success of the next climate conference to be held in Chile in December. The event could also encourage members to make more ambitious commitments to stop global warming, at next year’s climate summit in London, they added. Áder noted that the New York summit had been convened with the aim of participants coming up with action plans rather than “high-sounding pledges”. “Hungary did not come empty-handed,” Áder said, and mentioned Hungary’s Virtual Power Plant programme. The programme was met with international interest and has been introduced in three countries, he added. “So far, the programme has helped us save more energy than one quarter of the output of Hungary’s nuclear power plant,” he said.

By 2030, 90% of Hungary’s electricity will be produced without any carbon-dioxide emissions, Áder said. He also noted plans to increase the energy efficiency of buildings by at least 30% before 2050.