László Palkovics, the minister of innovation and technology, told the First National Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference on Climate Change that its adverse effects in the Carpathian Basin could only be forestalled through cooperation.
International treaties and Hungary’s commitment to climate goals provide the baseline for finding sustainable industrial solutions as well as energy efficient construction and transport models, he said. Last year, the coronavirus pandemic forced the issue of the sustainable economy to take a back seat, Palkovics said. Nevertheless, Hungary had an effective year in creating a circular economy, he said. The government drafted a climate protection action plan and adopted its energy and climate strategy. The latter was also enshrined in law, he added. Sustainability is inseparable from industry policy, and so the government has probed the development needs of the most important sectors, Palkovics said. Hungary has great development potential in energy industry, biotechnology, hydrogen technology, energy storage and innovative raw materials, he said. Hungary will be able to fulfil its climate protection commitments only if political decision makers, economic players and private individuals all contribute, Palkovics said.
The conference is taking place between April 12 and 15, organised by the Hungarian Scientific Panel on Climate Change, the Hungarian arm of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).