Committee: environmental (ECOSOC)
Topic: renewable energy
Delegate: Haoran Li
School: Troy High School
As pollution and climate change started to arise in recent years, more and more countries advocate for the use of renewable energies. In recent years, being able to access energy became fundamental for the daily life of many people, yet, there are still millions of people around the globe that lacks access to them. This issue concerned many countries and many actions were taken accordingly.
The delegation of Hungary firmly acknowledges this issue and have participated fully in taking action. Hungary is a member of the European Union and thus takes part in the EU strategy to increase its share of Renewable energy. Along with other countries in the EU, we have adopted the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which included a 20% renewable energy target by 2020 for the EU. By 2030 wind should produce 26-35% of the EU’s electricity and save Europe €56 billion a year in avoided fuel costs. In addition to the collaboration with the EU, Hungary is also currently working on a project that aims to raise the share of renewable energy resources within gross final energy consumption to 20% by 2030. The plan projects capacity to generate electricity using renewable resources will reach more than 4,600 MW by 2030, including more than 4,000 MW of solar park capacity. The plan targets a possible 85% reduction in emissions over the same period. In 2017, we also worked on a scheme that helps our country to reduce CO2 emission and will support electricity using renewable resources via a feed-in tariff for installations under 500 kW and provide a premium over market prices for installations with a capacity of over 500 kW. Hungary will also partially open up the renewables support scheme to foreign producers as of 2017 to avoid discrimination. In Hungary’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, we undertook to fulfill EU Commission requirements by ensuring it has a 14.65 per cent ratio of renewables within its gross final energy consumption by 2020. This is above the obligatory 13 per cent prescribed for Hungary as national overall target in the EU’s RED (Renewable Energy Directive)
Using renewable energy can benefit every country around the globe. The delegation of Hungary is delighted to collaborate with the international community to discuss further about renewable energy. We highly encourage other countries to take similar methods and action toward this issue. If all countries around the world are able to use renewable energy, then pollution can be greatly reduced.
- Haoran (Sara) Li