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Healthy forests, sufficient energy

New: 25 August 2022

At the beginning of August the Hungarian government issued a decree which aims at easing logging rules. This could lead to the destruction of forests. If we want to protect what is still left from nature, this destructive decree has to be withdrawn. However, this should not mean that the needs of those living in energy poverty are not met. On the contrary, in the frame of the H2020 EnergyProspects project – which aims at raising awareness about the different forms of energycitizenship –, GreenDependent collected Hungarian cases that connect environmental and social objectives, and could inspire decision makers, communities so that we have healthy forests, sufficient energy.

GreenDependent – as part of the Ne vágj ki minden fát (Don’t cut down all our trees) community, which includes civil and expert organizations as well as artists – will publish these cases in a series of posts. These presentations will show how the needs of those living in energy and/or housing poverty can be met in a more sustainable, greener way. Let’s make sure that we all have healthy forests, sufficient energy!

The series will include posts about alternative fuels, efficient and affordable stoves, the reduction of energy needs, community programmes, power generation with social benefits etc.

“More efficient heating, less firewood”

In the winter of 2021-2022, in the settlement of Ág in Baranya county, Habitat for Humanity Hungary built five Heat Columns, which since then provide heat in the homes of families in need in a reliable and efficient way.

The installation of a Heat Column significantly improves their quality of life: in addition to using less firewood, reducing air pollution, the families no longer have to get up at night to “feed” the stove. Habitat plans to build additional Heat Columns nationwide as part of a social stove replacement program for energy poor households.

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All examples will be available at https://intezet.greendependent.org/en/energyprospects_en

 

 

 

 

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