Fazekas: Environmental Conditions In Hungary Significantly Improved

  • 30 Jun 2016 9:00 AM
Fazekas: Environmental Conditions In Hungary Significantly Improved
Hungary’s environmental conditions improved significantly in recent years as a result of targeted efforts in environmental protection and agriculture, and modern and efficient policies for industrial site management, the farm minister said. After talks with a delegation of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Sándor Fazekas told a press conference that between 2005 and 2010, Hungary achieved the highest increase in the efficient utilisation of resources next to Ireland, Spain and Slovenia.

Waste per capita decreased by nearly 50 kilos and recycling increased from 2% to 30% in 10 years, he said. Air pollution has been dramatically reduced, with a 51% cut in nitrogen oxides emission and 36.5% cut in carbon dioxide emission since 1990, he added.

He said sustainable development was a highlighted topic at the talks with the EEA delegation and a joint conference will be organised by the farm ministry and the EEA on progress towards sustainability. A great part of environmental challenges can be best managed through close cooperation between countries, he added.

The issue of Hungary staying GMO free was also discussed at the meeting. A total of eleven European Union member states have joined a movement for GMO-free Europe run by Hungary and seven non-EU states have also expressed their support, the minister added.

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.

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