Energy [R]evolution in Hungary - Greenpeace study on renewable energy
Budapest, 16th November 2011 – Greenpeace, specialists of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) developed a blueprint how Hungary could phase-out nuclear power and reduce its dependence on fossil fuel imports while decreasing CO2 emissions and creating more green jobs. The Progressive Energy [Revolution] scenario , published today, provides a practical pathway towards a fully sustainable energy system until 2050.
Sven Teske, Greenpeace International expert and lead author of Special Report Renewable Energy (SRREN) of the Nobel prize winning IPCC, said at the launch event: „Wind parks and solar power stations are already producing electricity far cheaper than new nuclear power plants. While the additional external costs of nuclear, like the damages caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster are not even included in this calculation. Renewables, are faster to build, cheaper to operate and offer more jobs than nuclear power plants, while being much safer.”
Barbara Stoll, campaigner at Greenpeace Hungary, said “With this elaborate feasibility study we can rub the decision makers' nose in the fact that forcing nuclear and fossil fuels is light-minded and dangerous. Compared to present programs renewables and energy efficiency programs are creating job opportunities, faster and effective economy boosting. Green scenarios are gaining support in other countries and their validity cannot be denied in Hungary either”.
According to the ambitious Energy [R]evolution scenario the overall energy needs of Hungary could be reduced by 27 percent until 2050 while renewables would supply 93% of the country's heating and 78% of the electricity demand. The study lists solar and wind energy, sustainable biomass along with geothermal energy, as the most significant energy sources in Hungary of the future.
The study only relies on proven technologies which are available on the market today, and while most renewables don't need fuels, they are more labour intensive. Therefore more than 9000 additional jobs are created by 2020.
In order to implement the Energy Revolution and to avoid dangerous climate change Greenpeace and EREC demands a phase-out of subsidies for fossil and nuclear fuels, the implementation of a renewable energy law to secure the investments in clean technologies, and strict efficiency standards for electrical appliances, buildings and cars.
Barbara Stoll, climate and energy campaigner: +36-20-417-0626, barbara.stoll(at)greenpeace.hu
Márton Vay, spokesperson, Greenpeace Hungary Communications: +36-20-5255300, firstname.lastname@example.org