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Hungarian SMEs join UN’s Race to Zero campaign

Five Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises joined the UN’s global Race to Zero campaign with the support of the British Embassy in Budapest and the Smart Future Innovation Cluster (OJIK).

As a result, the campaigning companies, Aplomb, EKI Creative, Grüne Antwort, Schönherz Iskolaszövetkezet, Vill-Land will decarbonise their activities by 2050 by introducing green solutions in their daily office operations. These measures will include the replacement of lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs, thermal insulation of offices and installation of time-saving cooling and heating systems to avoid energy waste.

“No matter how small a business is or what industry it operates in, SME engagement can make a real difference to the planet, to customers and to operating costs,” commented Paul Fox, UK Ambassador to Hungary whose diplomatic mission assisted the companies in accessing the Race to Zero.


“Even the smallest businesses emit carbon dioxide: from their buildings, vehicles and supply chains”, said Zsolt Bertalan, President of OJIK. “We are encouraging all companies to commit to halving their emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050, meaning that they will not emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they take out.”

The Race to Zero campaign is supported by the UK Presidency of the COP26 climate change summit which is being held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. The UN’s Race to Zero initiative is currently one of the largest global efforts to curb climate change. It aims to make countries, cities and businesses carbon neutral by 2050.

So far, more than 700 cities, 600 higher education institutions and 3,000 companies from 31 regions have joined the global Race to Zero movement. In the campaign, Hungary is also represented by the Municipality of Budapest, the Municipality of Kaposvár and the corporate sector by Hungary’s Magyar Telekom.

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