- 30 Nov 2018 7:44 AM
- Hungary Matters
Erzsébet Schmuck, who heads the parliamentary committee for sustainable development, said that the government should increase green areas which can absorb greenhouse gases and give priority to brownfield investments over greenfield projects.
She cited a recent report by the UN World Meteorological Organisation saying that in 2017, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the air was record high. This is a consequence of growing emissions, lack of green areas, and the saturation of oceans, which also absorb some of the gases, she said.
Despite promises, politicians have failed to make the decisions that could reduce climate change, Schmuck said. She noted that fulfilling the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement would only be enough to keep global warming under 3 °C from pre-industrial levels.
Schmuck criticised the government for its failure to take the dangers of climate change seriously and for its steps to eliminate the institutions for environmental protection.
She said the National Strategy on Climate Change ignored that CO2 emissions have been growing in Hungary since 2015.