The Hungarian governments strategy on the increased use of renewable energy sources stems directly from its overall 2007-2020 Energy Policy. The Strategy is meant to be a precursor to Hungarys renewable energy sources plan, setting targets and providing an assessment of the development potential for various forms of renewable energy.
The Strategy sets a target of 186.4 PJ from renewable energy by 2020, compared to 55 PJ in 2006.
The target is broken down by sector:
- 79.7 PJ (9470 GWh) in electricity production,
- 87.1 PJ in heat production and
- 19.6 PJ from biofuel within fuel consumption.
For biofuels, the Strategy assumes a share of 5.75% should be reached by 2010, as committed to by Hungary at the time of European Union accession, and a share of 10% by 2020, the target set by the European Union for its Member States. The Strategy also sets specific targets according to existing support programmes. For example, target values are set for various shares of renewable energy for electricity, heat and bioethanol (portion of consumption, electricity use, as well as total amounts) achieved through the Environment and Energy Operational Programme (EEOP; KEOP in Hungarian).
In addition, previously unaddressed policy areas are underlined, for example increasing information dissemination on renewable energies, and ensuring sufficient vocation training can be provided as demand for professionals in the renewable energy sector increases. The role of local governments in informing and influencing the public is also underlined.