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Project partners

  • Municipality of Tatabánya
  • First Hungarian Carbon Offsetting Institution Ltd.

The project is implemented by the Municipality of Tatabánya and the First Hungarian Carbon Offsetting Institution Ltd. The lead partner of the project is the Municipality of Tatabánya. Within the municipality it is the colleagues of the Strategic and Controlling Office who are in charge of the coordination of the project.

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Municipality of Tatabánya

In March, 2007 the Municipality of Tatabánya signed a partnership agreement with the Sociological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to elaborate the first local climate change strategy of Hungary. According to the agreement the role of the Hungarian research institute is the overall professional supervision of the preparation and the implementation of the first Hungarian local climate change strategy, the running of a local climate group and the organization of the forums/conferences that serve the local/regional/national publicity of the climate change pilot program. In the same month of 2007 a local climate group was set up. The local climate group meets every second or third week to prepare and implement the local climate change strategy of Tatabánya. The climate group has members from the local environmental NGOs, economic stakeholders, the main public utility companies, public institutions, but there are also teachers, nurses, students and pensioners present, who represent the citizens of the city as a whole. It is lead by the researchers of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the climate manager of the city. The climate manager is the first such Hungarian position to be filled in on local level. The climate manager of Tatabánya is about to start his work officially in February.


The local climate change strategy was elaborated by the climate group and the researchers of the academy. It was accepted by the General Assembly of Tatabánya in December, 2007. The strategy includes priorities, short-term and long-term plans and concrete steps to be taken by the city management in the future. The members of the local climate group and the representatives of the main health care institutions of the city have also prepared a Heat and UV-alert plan for the city, which is also the first such plan of the country. The 74-page long plan that includes all the necessary information, steps and measures to be taken by the city management and the relevant parties affected was approved by the General Assembly of Tatabánya in January, 2008. The city of Tatabánya won a climate change and health best practice award from EUREGHA and HEAL in Brussels for the launching of the local Heat-and UV-alert Plan.


There are several local climate programs operating in the world, and in spite of the fact that climate change has dominantly a negative effect in our country, there is still no such program on local level in Hungary. Therefore, it is vital to implement the first local climate change pilot program, which can serve as a model for other Hungarian settlements as well. It is also important because it is emphasized in the first place amongst the planning tasks of the legal regulations within the horizontal instruments of the accepted National Climate Change Strategy that it is justified to elaborate and implement the regional or local municipal climate strategies and programs.


In November, 2007 the National Alliance of Climate Friendly Cities was formed in Hosszúhetény. Five Hungarian cities joined the initiative: Tatabánya, Hosszúhetény, Pomáz, Pilis and Albertirsa. The president of Hungary sent a letter of support to the first assembly of the Alliance, where the mayors of each city were present to sign the letter of commitment. Since then 15 more Hungarian cities have decided to join the alliance. Since then Tatabánya has also joined the international organization of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the CCP (Cities for Climate Protection) campaign.


The local climate group of Tatabánya made a work plan for the oncoming years and decided to undertake the following steps:


-        Setting up a carbon offset system with a pre-set menu of carbon offsetting opportunities (here we are!)


-        Inviting local companies and all other stakeholders to use the benefits of this system  and contribute to the implementation of the climate strategy by its use


-        Creating a separate and interactive local webpage to inform the citizens about the climate program


-        Continuing the series on the local public TV which offers practical guide for the inhabitants to live a climate friendly life


-        Organisation of lectures and presentation on monthly basis for the different informal groups of inhabitants on climate friendly agricultural practices and energy efficiency (in line with the call for application of the municipality for the renovation of the heating system of houses)


-        Launching of the environmental educational campaign of Energy Championship in the educational institutions of Tatabánya (we did it!)


-        Elaborating the basic statutes of the climate friendly kidergardens and schools


-        Organisation of open air environmental educational climate campaigns (22 March, 22 April, 5 June, 22 September)


-        Free training of teachers and kindergarden nurses in the field of climate protection


-        Training conference for company heads


The objective of the planned time schedule is to bring the climate program into effect, to raise the environmental awareness of the citizens and the civil sphere, and to motivate their active participation.


By the implementation of the climate change pilot project the city can prepare for the threats of global climate change, while on the other hand the local emission of greenhouse gasses can be decreased, the absorption of local greenhouse gases can be increased, and the citizens will become more sensitive and adaptive to the problems of climate change. However, not only on local level, but also on regional and national level this program will serve as an example for other settlements to prepare and implement their climate change strategy.

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