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Hungary will be among the first countries to join the hydrogen coalition planned by the European Commission, as it sees "serious opportunities" in the production of pure hydrogen, the innovation and technology minister has said.

In a statement issued after talks with Frans Timmermans, the commissioner responsible for the European Union’s Green Deal, László Palkovics noted the large expense of hydrogen production and storage, and called for uniform EU regulations and coordinated developments. Palkovics briefed Timmermans on Hungary’s climate goals, as well as discussing hydrogen production and environmentally friendly transport. The combined use of nuclear and solar energy will help Hungary attain its climate goals, he said. Hungary, he noted, is making strenuous efforts to decarbonise transport, having introduced the Green Bus scheme which aims to replace public transport buses in larger cities with electric ones. Palkovics said Hungary had reduced its carbon emissions by a third compared with 1990 levels and the country’s greenhouse gas emissions per person were less than three-quarters of the European average. The Budapest Climate Summit, held for the first time this year, was kicked off on Oct. 9, the statement noted.