Hungary joins pledge of net zero emissions by 2050

Hungary is now among the 22 EU countries who have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. However, they see nuclear power as the main way to meet the target.

Power station. Photo credit: Pexels

Power station. Photo credit: Pexels

Hungary's innovation minister, László Palkovics, told journalists that Hungary will back an EU plan to go carbon neutral by 2050. He said they have already cut emissions by 32% since 1989 and the goal is 40% by the end of the next decade. 

Currently Hungary gets more than 20% of its power from nuclear and 14% from renewable energy and they plan to increase their nuclear power to meet the carbon neutral target. Palkovics said:

“Without atomic energy, there is no climate neutrality.”

Sustain members responded to Theresa May's announcement that the UK will commit to net zero emissions by 2050 by saying that the timeframe is too long. The Campaign to Protect Rural England believes the UK should be working to a 2045 target.

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