Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó (L) and Shell Global Vice President István Kapitány
“We Hungarians are participating in the solution of the pressing problems facing all of humanity,” said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. He recalled that we have recently seen this in the fight against Covid-19, and in the environmentally friendly transformation of the automotive industry.
The minister awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit to István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President for Shell’s Mobility business. On this occasion, he pointed out in his speech that Hungary occupies a prominent place in many rankings, such as Olympic gold medals and Nobel Prizes, and that many Hungarian experts have played a role in promoting the development of the world economy.
He underlined that a few years ago, a Hungarian scientist, Katalin Karikó, played a leading role in the development of the vaccine against Covid-19, and now we face the new challenge of ensuring sustainable economic growth to preserve the planet for future generations.
In this context, the foreign minister touched on the fact that
Hungary is among the 20 countries in the world that have been able to increase their economic performance in recent years while reducing their emissions.
He called road transport, accounting for 17 percent of total emissions, an “inescapable factor” in this, and underlined the unique role British energy company Shell plays in the automotive revolution.
Péter Szijjártó emphasized that
Kapitány had a major role to play in the company’s ambition to achieve zero emissions from its own operations by 2035, and across the entire value chain by 2050.
“This is another point where we Hungarians can say that we are doing our utmost to help solve the world’s pressing problems,” he said, adding that despite his successful international career, the award-winner has always maintained his Hungarian roots and helped his country.
The minister underlined that István Kapitány had done a great deal for the Hungarian energy sector, the everyday life of the Hungarian people, the Hungarian automotive industry, as well as the promotion and continuous development of Hungarian environmental protection efforts.
Via MTI, Featured photo via MTI/Soós Lajos