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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

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

'Green source' application

The Ministry of Agriculture (Agrárminisztérium) announced in each year from 2014 (the last four ones: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) 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 2015-2020 (Nemzeti Környezetvédelmi Program 2015-2020):

'The quality of life and the environmental conditions of human health repair; protection of protected natural values and resources; improving resource efficiency and efficiency.'

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

  • in 2020, 2021, 2022, 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.

Green production and consumption

Recycling, reuse - European Waste Reduction Week

The European Waste Reduction Week (Európai Hulladékcsökkentési Hét) was launched in Hungary in 2009, and is organised every year in the last week of November. Under the programme, volunteers can implement their own action ideas 'to draw attention to preventing waste and reducting waste generation, reusing of products and recycling materials'. In Hungary, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (Innovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium) is responsible for the coordination of the programme.

  1. In 2020 863,
  2. in 2019 411,
  3. in 2017 4 672, 
  4. in 2016 3 497, 
  5. in 2015 476 actions were realised In Hungary.
Energy Conservation - The Warmth of Home Programme

The Warmth of the Home Programme (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.

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 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 ('A kampányról'). The coordinator of the programme was the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (Innovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium).