Atmospheric CO2 continues to rise and the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 C. is now but a dream, Áder said, adding that a cap of 3 C. was now a far more realistic scenario. Citing a recent Belgian-German study, he said the number of days marked by heatwaves could multiply five-fold and droughts could more than double over the coming decades. “If we fail to act, CO2 emissions will increase by 60% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. There’s plenty to do,” he said. However, the world faces other challenges as well, the president said, noting the water crisis, the loss of biodiversity, urbanisation and the challenge of transitioning to a circular economy.
Áder said Hungary was better positioned to tackle these issues than many other European countries. Hungary has reduced its harmful emissions by 32% since 1990, while 12 other EU countries have managed only smaller reductions and five others have seen their emissions rise, he said, adding that over the last five years Hungary had doubled the capacity of its solar power plants each year.