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How climate-friendly is our day-to-day life? Calculating carbon footprints of households from Piliscsaba

Calculating the carbon footprint is the first step in raising awareness that lifestyle change can reduce the environmental impact of families. Making reductions is inevitable, because the average carbon footprint of Hungarians is significantly higher than the sustainable level.

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Get prepared for the Hungarian Compete4SECAP Conference

The Hungarian National Conference and Final Award Ceremony will be held “off-line” on 14 October 2020 at 10:00 am at Európa Pont in Budapest. The conference is entitled “Local Authorities for sustainable energy management” and will be opened by Lajos Kovács, President of the Associations of Climate Friendly Municipalities in Hungary. Following the opening speech a round table discussion will reveal briefly the experience of the four local authorities participating in the COMPETE4SECAP project.

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Delayed Earth Overshoot Day points to opportunities to build future in harmony with our finite planet

By August 22, humanity will have demanded as much from nature as Earth can renew in the whole year, according to Global Footprint Network. Coronavirus-induced lockdowns caused the global Ecological Footprint to contract almost 10% but we still use as many ecological resources as if we lived on 1.6 Earths. As public health and economic recovery have emerged as dominant concerns globally, decision makers are called to act on the unprecedented current disruption to build a future where all thrive within the means of our planet (“one-planet prosperity”).

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Earth Overshoot Day 3 weeks later this year!

This year, we have some good news to share: for the first time in quite some time the Earth Overshoot Day falls more than 3 weeks later, on 22 August, than last year (29 July)!

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Despite the coronavirus, households have become more green

GreenDependent Institute organized its energy-saving competition, E.ON EnergyNeighbourhoods, for the eighth time (for the sixth year with the support of E.ON). The half-year long “household greening” program was also affected by the epidemic caused by the coronavirus, as the participating families, unlike before, were stuck in their homes almost all day, which made saving energy more difficult.

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Spring 2020: A record amount of fruit trees planted within the history of GreenDependent in the framework of the TreeDependent programme

The story of TreeDependent started 10 years ago when the GreenDependent team first planted trees to partly compensate for the carbon footprint of our monthly event, the Gödöllő Climate Club. In the following years, GreenDependent got more and more into tree planting, at the beginning to take responsibility for and compensate the carbon footprint of its own events and training programmes. It was in 2015 that we first planted trees and calculated the carbon emissions related to an event organised not by GreenDependent: a Climate KIC organised event on carbon footprint. Since then every year we work together with an increasing number of organizations, companies and individuals to calculate the carbon emissions of their activities and help take responsibility for it through planting native fruit trees.

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Planting trees instread of letting up luftballoons at a graduation ceremony

The class 12.c. of a secondary school in Budapest will plant trees to celebrate their graduation instead of letting up balloons. In the scope of our programme 'TreeDependent - Responsible events, responsible travel' we will plant trees tigether with these students in school orchards in the Budapest disctrict where their school is situated.

The class decided to choose the option of planting trees because they wanted to stop the harmful practice of letting up balloons that can be dangerous to animals and creates waste.

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Environmentalists must set an example

More and more companies and indiviuals have been contacted us, GreenDependent to assist them in canculating and compensating the carbon footprint of their events or travel. Agnes Zolyomi, manager of a Horizon 2020 project decided to compensate her monthly flights between London-Budapest taken in 2019 as well as a flight between China-Hungary. As she has been working in the field of environmental protection for 15 years, she is well aware of the adverse impacts of flying, namely the carbon emissions of her flights. Thus, she decided to take responsibility for her travel-related emissions of flights taken in 2019.

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Calculation of lifestyle carbon footprints in Piliscsaba

GreenDependent Institution in cooperation with Piliscsaba-Garancstető Association will calculate yearly carbon footprints of several households during 2020. GreenDependent also will donate 20 native fruit trees within the framework of the project. This collaboration will be financially supported of Daikin.

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An open-air pub in Budapest compensates its operation carbon footprint by planting 3500 native fruit trees

Kobuci Kert (Kobuci garden), a popular Hungarian outdoor pub in Budapest decided to undertake a radical and novel commitment: they will be the first club in Budapest to compensate the carbon footprint of their operation.

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