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Law on climate protection

legislation type Legislative
Mitigation Framework
Passed in 2020
The Hungarian parliament passed a law on climate protection committing to protect the natural heritage and “the natural conditions of the way of life that we Hungarians have created together in this country”. The document stresses that the scope of the policy set out in the law must apply to the whole Carpathian Basin, be in line with international and EU commitments, allow for new nuclear energy and proportionate measures.

The law is based on a bill that aimed at declaring national emergency over the climate crisis. Instead, it sets targets of GHG emission reductions and a climate neutrality goal for 2050. 

During the same parliamentary session, a provision allowing municipalities to regulate emergency incineration by decree was repealed. The provision also determines that  the National Climate Protection Authority has access to the National Environmental Information System for its tasks related to the EU ETS.


  • 90% carbon free electricity production by 2030.
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • Only e-buses will be newly deployed from 2022
    Transport | Target year: 2022
  • The share of renewable energy sources in the country's gross final energy consumption will be at least 21 percent by 2030
    Energy | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030
  • Net zero - Hungary will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. Hungary will achieve complete climate neutrality by 2050.

    Economy-wide | Fixed level target | Target year: 2050 | Base year: 1990
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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