picture of Erzsébet Schmuck

The Orbán government needs to review the ambitious climate law passed last year and resubmit it to the National Assembly, announced Hungary’s Green Party, Politics Can Be Different (LMP), at an online press conference on Sunday and reported on by state news agency MTI.

Erzsébet Schmuck, co-chair of LMP, said that while President János Áder “put a shine” on the government’s climate goals and the steps it plans to take at the recently-concluded UN climate summit in Glasgow, the most recent climate change performance index rated Hungary’s climate policy as insufficient.

After Slovenia, Hungary was designated the worst-performing member state in the EU this year in international climate protection studies that examine the relationship between the climate plans of individual countries and the harmful emissions they produce, the opposition politician stated.

Schmuck said that Hungary’s carbon dioxide emissions have been growing since 2014, which will make it impossible for the country to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Wind energy is still banned,” she said, “while protecting green spaces is not important, and they have not launched a complex building energy program that would result in a real utility reduction for families.”

The LMP co-chair said that Viktor Orbán is only willing to deal with green issues if the EU gives him money for it. She added that it is still not clear how the government plans to adapt to changed climate conditions.

[Magyar Hang]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.