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Orban: plant ten trees for each newborn

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced an unusual climate protection measure: the right-wing populist politician said yesterday evening in his speech on the state of the nation that in future he would have ten trees planted for every newborn in Hungary. This measure would increase Hungary’s forest area by 27 percent by 2030.

Orban’s National Energy and Climate Plan sets out the goal of producing 90 percent of the country’s energy in a climate-neutral way by 2030. In particular, nuclear power and solar energy should be used for this. From 2022, only buses with an electric drive should drive in cities in Hungary. In addition, environmental protection measures in small and medium-sized companies are to be subsidized by the state.

In the past, Orban’s government had repeatedly questioned the need for climate action. Now he confessed that Hungary should be climate neutral by 2050.