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9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

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  1. Green volunteering
  2. Green production and consumption

Green volunteering


There is no explicit state organisation or institution promoting green, environmental volunteering in Hungary. Nevertheless, the already discussed publicly organised and maintained 'Teszedd!' Movement ('Teszedd!' Önkéntesen a tiszta Magyarországért) and 72 hours of without compromise (72 óra kompromisszum nélkül), could be mentioned that all include nature conservation volunteering activities. (For more information see sub-chapter 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues.)

Green source

The Ministry of Agriculture (Agrárminisztérium) announced in each year from 2014 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) the so-called 'Green Source' (Zöld Forrás) through which sustainable and cost-effective public functions can be supported by civil organisations with environmental and nature protection objectives that are compatible with the following principles of the National Environmental Program (Nemzeti Környezetvédelmi Program):

  1. 'The quality of life and the environmental conditions of human health repair;
  2. Protection of protected natural values and resources;
  3. Improving resource efficiency and efficiency.' [Green Source 2015 - National Environmental Protection Program for Environmental and Nature Conservation Non-Governmental Organizations Taking Over Public Functions - (Zöld forrás 2015 - állami feladatokat átvállaló környezet- és természetvédelmi civil szervezeteknek Nemzeti Környezetvédelmi Program)]

Each year, a total of  HUF 70 million (about EUR 230 000) has been allocated to the programme:

  • in 2020, HUF 800 000 to HUF 3 000 000 (about EUR 2 150 to EUR 8 076) were available per grant,
  • in 2019, HUF 1 000 000 to HUF 3 000 000 (about EUR 2 979 to EUR 8 939) were available per grant,
  • in 2017, 2018 HUF 600 000 to HUF 2 000 000 (about EUR 1 787 to EUR 5 959) were available per grant,
  • in 2015/2016 HUF 500 000 to HUF 3 000 000 (about EUR 1 489 to EUR 8 939), and 
  • in 2014, HUF 400 000 to HUF 2 000 000 (about EUR 1 191 to EUR 5 959).


Green production and consumption


Recycling, reuse - European Waste Reduction Week

The European Waste Reduction Week (Európai Hulladékcsökkentési Hét) launched in Hungary in 2009, is organised in the last week of November, each year. In the framework of the programme, volunteers can implement their own action ideas 'to draw attention to the prevention of waste generation and the reduction of waste generated, the reuse of products and the recycling of materials'. In Hungary, the National Office for Environmental Protection (Országos Környezetvédelmi és Természetvédelmi Főfelügyelőség) and National Waste Management Directorate (NMWD) [Nemzeti Hulladékgazdálkodási Igazgatóság (OKTF NHI)] is the national coordinator.

  1. In 2020 863,
  2. in 2019 411,
  3. in 2017 4 672, 
  4. in 2016 3 497, 
  5. in 2015 476, 
  6. in 2014 150, 
  7. in 2013 28, and
  8. in 2012 7 actions were realised In Hungary.

Energy Conservation - The Warmth of Home Program

The Warmth of the Home Program (Otthon Melege Program) was launched in 2014. Within the framework of the programme, individuals can be granted non-refundable subsidies from the Ministry for Innovation and Technology [(Innovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium) formerly: National Development Ministry]. The programme offers the opportunity to modernise and renovate family houses, and to exchange refrigerators, washing machines and other household appliances to higher energy efficiency new equipments. It is not a youth targeted program. [HGCS/2017 Warmth of the Home Program (HGCS/2017 Otthon Melege Program)]

Environmentally friendly transportation - European Mobility Week and No Cars Day

'The European Mobility Week (Európai Mobilitási Hét) and Car Free Day (Autómentes Nap), is held every September since 2002. It sends the message of environmentally friendly transport to more and more people. The aim of the programme series is to encourage local governments to implement sustainable transport measures and to encourage people to use public transport, cycling and walking instead of driving.'

In September 2017, 250 000 people took part in Mobility Week's Family Weekend (Családi hétvége) in Budapest. More than 200 local governments joined (the third largest in Europe), of which 169 organised car-free days. The former National Development Ministry contributed with HUF 70 million (about EUR 225 381) non-refundable subsidies to the programmes of the municipalities. Next to the campaign, the 'Common Way, Common Future!' ('Közös út, közös jövő!'), a drawing, photo and group creative contest was held, with over 1 000 entries received. Winners have won

  • bicycles,
  • rollers,
  • e-book readers,
  • tablets and
  • creative shopping vouchers. 

In 2019, 292 settlements participated in the campaign (részvétel a kampányban). The coordinator of the programme was the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (Innovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium).