Greenpeace: Two-thirds of Hungarians oppose the firewood regulation

The government's move to increase firewood production to replace natural gas has been criticized by various experts, NGOs and other groups.

A lush, verdant forest in Hungary in late spring or summer. Rays of golden sunlight filter through the canopy and cast a warm afternoon glow on the trunks of trees which are partially overgrown by ivy.
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Woods in Velem, Western Hungary. This verdant forest is native to the Kőszeg Mountains, in Alpokalja, the eastern foothills of the Alps.

Greenpeace Hungary stated this week that based on a recent survey done by Policy Solutions and ZRI Závecz Research, almost two-thirds of the population (63%) do not support the government relaxing regulations on logging for the increase of firewood production and only one in five (22%) thinks that the measure will solve the country’s energy problems.

An earlier survey commissioned by the NGO, published in the fall of 2021, showed that 87% of the population would support governmental policies on household utility modernization in order to help decrease consumption.

Katalin Rodics, head of Greenpeace Hungary’s biodiversity campaign commented, „the overwhelming majority of the Hungarian population does not want our precious forests to be chopped up for firewood. They soundly reject the government’s plans to solve the energy crisis with the relaxation of rules on logging, and they want renewable energy and aid in increasing energy efficiency.”


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