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The government’s national energy and climate protection strategy aims to maintain the “common life of Hungarians” in the Carpathian Basin while adapting to climate change calmly and systematically, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told an international press conference. The plan is to gradually achieve 90% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030, with the Paks nuclear power plant providing the bulk of generation and solar most of the rest, he said. Hungary, he added, belonged to a group of countries that aimed for a climate-neutral economy by 2050, but this, he said, would cost 50,000 billion forints (EUR 152bn) to achieve. Among substantive measures to achieve such goals will be putting electric buses into circulation and eliminating all illegal landfill sites, while getting rid of plastic bottles from rivers, Orbán said. Hungary is one of 21 countries that have managed major economic growth while reducing carbon dioxide emissions, he added.
Orbán said that amid the protracted debates in Europe, it was important to keep the costs of adapting to “climate change” topmost in mind. The household costs of energy and food should not rise, he said. Further, poorer countries should not be deprived of their funding, such as money from the EU’s cohesion fund, he said. Moreover, he said that it should be recognised that creating a climate-neutral economy without nuclear power would be “impossible”.