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LMP Protests Proposal to Extend Mátrai Coal Plant’s Life Cycle

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.10.

Opposition LMP has called on the government not to extend the life cycle of the Mátrai Erőmű coal-based electricity plant near Gyöngyös, in northern Hungary.

Green lawmaker Péter Ungár told a press conference on Wednesday that the plant emits about 14 percent of Hungary’s greenhouse gases. Keeping the plant operational will compromise the country’s ability to hit its climate protection targets, he added.

Ungár said that whereas the plant produced a big portion of Hungarian heat and electricity, it used outdated technology.

The government is yet to decide on extending the plant’s life cycle, he noted, calling on it to find jobs for the plant’s workers in the green energy sector and to set a target date for Hungarian energy to become coal-free.