There are almost no people in Hungary, who are not interested in the future of our planet and a citizen can list an average of 12 environmental damage factors, according to a national, representative research commissioned by ALTEO energy group. Although different demographic groups have different opinions about these factors, 80 per cent of the respondents agree on one thing: the whole society is responsible for environmental protection.
ALTEO Group has carried out a representative research in Hungary to study and analyse the knowledge and behaviour of the Hungarian population in the field of environmental protection. In January 2021, the research was carried out by MicraMR on a sample of 1,000 people in the Hungarian internet population aged 20-65, which is representative of the average population by age, educational attainment and type of settlement.
Ninety-two per cent of respondents admit to being interested in the environment, while 82 per cent believe that their lives are directly affected by environmental problems. Sixty-three per cent of the respondents say that the environment is so important that the fate of future generations depends on it, but nearly a third are not yet convinced that this is one of the most important tasks for people at the moment.
“At ALTEO, we believe that everyone should do what they are able to do for a liveable future, the first step of which is joint thinking and dialogue,” said Beatrix Szabó, Head of the ALTEO Integrated Management System. “As a leading energy services company, we are committed to sustainable development: preserving natural, social and economic resources for future generations.”
“From the beginning, we have taken decisions that take into account the sustainability trio of environmental, social and financial aspects at the same time,” she continued. “Therefore, to be just to our engagements, we will continue to publish our integrated sustainability report this year, in which we will report in detail and in an easy-to-understand way on our actions for a liveable future.”
Eight out of 10 respondents say that everyone is responsible for environmental issues and how they are being solved, while 19 per cent of them expect companies, countries and global organisations to take meaningful steps. None out of 10 people have strongly claimed that they are personally taking action against the problems, and nearly half of the respondents see companies doing their part to protect the environment.
The top three things Hungarians are doing for a greener future are selective waste collection, avoiding energy-, water- and food waste and cutting back on shopping.
Renewable energy is used in 1 in 10 households, while electric or hybrid cars are run by 4 per cent of respondents. Overall, the over-50s and those who are higher educated, are the most active environmentalists.