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WWF report: The way Hungary heats

2017-11-28

Household heating indicating medium or high level air pollution in more than half of the settlements in the country; energy poverty concerns 80 percent of local governments, besides, the insulation and the heating system of local governmental public buildings are in poor condition – WWF Hungary’s latest report says.

The survey regarding this year’s Earth Hour – which has been answered by 22 percent of the total number of 3188 municipalities – claims that one third of the public buildings are not insulated properly; half of the doors and windows are in sufficient or poor condition but the situation of furnaces and heat exchangers is not satisfying either. 60 percent of the tenders submitted by local governments were unsuccessful in the past 10 years.

“When it comes to handling the problem, resources of the municipalities are limited. Energy poverty concerns four-fifths of the settlements and more than half of them face household air pollution on a medium or high level” – stated Csaba Vaszkó, Climate Change, Energy and Water Expert of WWF Hungary.

In order to tackle energy poverty, most of the municipalites have applied to the Ministry of Interior in the frame of the Social Fuel Programme, which usually provide firewood for settlements which inhabitants are effected by energy poverty. However, 10 percent of them applied for coal or lignite instead of firewood. There are progressive initiatives for reducing energy poverty and air pollution, though.

The foundation – with the support of partners – chose three local governments from those which previously answered the survey; and help them implement energy efficiency measures.

“Thanks for the support of WWF Hungary’s partners we had the opportunity to help three local municipalities with specific energy efficiency measures. Expert jury selected the three settlements based on the answer to the questionnaire, particularly those which connected to willingness of sustainable energy development, the effects of energy poverty or the limitation of financial resources” – Csaba Vaszkó added.

Click here to download the full report (in Hungarian only).