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Hungary sets emissions targets

Hungary aims to reduce its gross emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 52% from 1990 levels by 2050, shows the countryʼs National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) published by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

The plan targets a possible 85% reduction in emissions over the same period.

Hungary also aims to raise the share of renewable energy resources within gross final energy consumption to 20% by 2030.

The plan projects capacity to generate electricity using renewable resources will reach more than 4,600 MW by 2030, including more than 4,000 MW of solar park capacity. In volume terms, output using renewable resources is expected to climb over 6,500 GWh by 2030, with solar parks accounting for over 70% of this.

As a percentage of gross final electricity consumption, electricity generated using renewable resources is set to reach 12.8%. The target for renewable resources powering transport is set at 8.1% for 2030.

District heating volume is expected to decline by 8% between 2015 and 2030, but the share of district heating that comes from renewable resources and waste is set to reach 28% by the end of the period. The targets factor in existing policy; however, if additional measures are taken, the reduction could reach 20% and the share of renewable and waste-based resources could climb as high as 60%.

The plan targets a 14% increase in final energy consumption between 2015 and 2030. The shares of electricity and oil products in Hungaryʼs energy mix are expected to grow.

The plan stresses the "key role" played by nuclear energy, as well as renewable energy and interconnectors, in the decarbonization of the electricity sector and increased security of supply.

The plan aims to diversify Hungaryʼs gas supplies, as well as boost efficiency of gas use.