A good air pollution reduction programme – if it will be implemented

The measures described in the draft National Air Pollution Control Program (NAPCP) are strong and worth supporting, however, they are not sufficient to significantly reduce air pollution. This is the opinion of the Clean Air Action Group (CAAG)sent to the ministry responsible for the environment. The European Union’s National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive stipulates that by the 1st of April 2019, all Member States should have submitted a program detailing how they plan to reduce...


Is there a royal road to climate-friendly transport?

In Europe, transport accounts for nearly thirty percent of carbon dioxide emissions, and this proportion has been increasing in recent years. It is within this context that the member states of the European Union must reduce their emissions to zero by 2050. But how? The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) and its member organizations have developed a package of proposals for emissions reduction within their...More

Civilians for the Freedom of Science

We, the undersigned civil society organisations working in the Civilisation Coalition, stand up for the freedom of research guaranteed by the Fundamental Law, and express our solidarity with researchers and organisations opposing the Government’s plans for the operation and financing of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The development and even the survival of a democratic society requires scientific research that is independent of political...More

Urban tolling: an overview for beginners

What kind of plans, trends and experiences prevail about distance based urban tolling accross the globe? Beza Abebe Dress, one of Clean Air Action Group's interns, an MSc student at Budapest University of Technology and Economics was investigating that question. His research has confirmed that there are no technical or economic barriers to introducing an urban road toll system, as technology is constantly improving, on-board GPS units are getting...More

Will Hungary have to repay EU money because congestion charging was not implemented in Budapest?

The European Commission might claim back EU subsidies of tens of billions of Hungarian Forints from Hungary, if they will not reach an agreement regarding the missed implementation of a congestion charge in the capital city, Budapest – revealed Clean Air Action Group based on an exchange of correspondence. The Hungarian government and the City Council of Budapest have been only making promises for years, however the European Commission has to...More

CAAG won a precedent-setting lawsuit

Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) has won a lawsuit against the Government Office of Pest County regarding the authorization of a construction waste management plant. The court decision can make future environmental court proceedings easier. The Labour and Administrative Tribunal of Pécs has recently decided in favour of CAAG against the Government Office of Pest County. The case was initiated by CAAG, and it was closed with a judgement which can...More

Environmental lawyers demand revision of Budapest air quality plan

Environmental lawyers from Clean Air Action Group (CAAG), Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA) and ClientEarth have demanded the Hungarian authorities urgently review the Air Quality Plan for Budapest and its surroundings. Air pollution in the Hungarian capital exceeds legal limits and the Air Quality Plan is inadequate, claim the lawyers. They stress the plan does not contain any substantial measures to promptly reduce...More

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