Prime Minister Viktor Orban today announced a series of plans to respond to climate change, including planting trees to expand forest areas. “We will plant 10 trees every time a baby is born, aiming to increase the national forest area to 27% by 2030,” Prime Minister Orban emphasized in his annual Federal Message. This is part of a “climate action plan” approved by the Hungarian government last week.
In addition to the campaign to plant trees to expand forest cover, Orban said that starting July 1 this year, the country would ban single-use plastic products, eliminate illegal waste landfills and increase levels. punish those who pollute the environment.
The government will also support the production and purchase of low-priced electric vehicles, with the goal that by 2022, the public bus system across the country will run entirely on electricity. Orban expects multinational companies to start adopting environmentally friendly solutions. The government announced that it would support USD 103 million for small and medium-sized enterprises to switch to “green enterprises” in the next two years.
In the energy sector, Hungary aims to achieve 90% carbon neutralization by 2030, with electricity mainly coming from solar and nuclear. “We have reason to be concerned (about the environment) in the coming years. I foresaw challenges, even in 2020, from the climate crisis,” Orban said in a speech.