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Hungary’s cuts carbon emissions by 7 per cent

Hungary’s emissions decreased by 7 per cent in 2022 compared to 2021, which represents a 37 per cent drop from the 1990 base year based on preliminary data, according to the country’s National Meteorological Service.

In terms of sectors, the industry cut its environmental impact by 18 per cent, agriculture by 12 per cent and waste management by 1 per cent in the past year compared to 2021.

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation increased to a lesser extent. Hungary’s Climate and Nature Protection Action Plan treats the greening of one of the biggest polluting road traffic as a priority goal with initiatives such as the “Green Bus” programme, aiming to replace 50 per cent of conventional buses in the country’s largest cities with low carbon emission vehicles by 2030.

The total emissions of domestic companies registered in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) were cut by 12 per cent in 2022, while greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector decreased by 5 per cent.

According to Eurostat’s data from June, Hungary achieved the second largest reduction in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions after the Benelux countries with a decrease of 8.6 per cent.

EU member states are required to provide approximate data on greenhouse gas emissions from the previous year to the European Commission by the end of July each year.

The final emission data is expected to be available in the spring of 2024, the Hungarian government said in a press release.

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