Hungary’s introducing a system of energy efficiency licensing (EKR) will increase the country’s “energy sovereignty”, a state secretary of the innovation and technology ministry said after submitting the relevant bill to parliament. Péter Kaderják said that under the new amendment “the energy bills of end-consumers and the need for energy imports will be reduced sustainably”. The bill places priority on energy efficiency in government decision-making, especially regarding energy policy and investment projects, Kaderják said. The EKR, to take effect in 2021, is designed to promote energy-saving projects in sectors that use high amounts of energy inefficiently, he said, adding that central energy efficiency targets could be met by involving businesses and energy providers. “Businesses and residents alike will benefit from those developments,” Kaderják said.