Hungary is in the forefront of the fight against climate change, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Győr, in western Hungary, on Wednesday, attending the inauguration of a solar plant built by car maker Audi Hungaria.
In his address, Szijjártó noted Hungary’s commitment to increase the share of solar energy in its total energy production to 90 percent by the 2030s, but said that the government’s approach was “realistic and reasonable”, allowing equal room for the economy, competitiveness, and environment protection.
“We all want a greener future, clearer water and air, but we also have to retain jobs and the country’s competitiveness,” he said.
Addressing a separate press conference held by a cargo company that serves Audi, Péter Szijjártó presented the first of its newly developed electric lorries.
“The Innovative Group has developed and put into service a 40-tonne, fully electric lorry,” he said, adding that the lorry was “unique”. He noted that
by 2022, all of the company’s ten trucks delivering cargo between Audi’s plants will be fully electric.
The vehicle will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to its weight, contributing to the city’s environmental protection targets, Szijjártó said.
“Hungary has taken a new step forward in fighting climate change,” the minister said.