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Green energy in Vácrátót

  • The buildings and greenhouses of the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and four public buildings in Vácrátót will be provided with renewable energy systems, reducing CO2 emissions by 533 tonnes per year.

    With €3 million in support from the Norway Grants, the buildings and greenhouses of the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences will receive new heating systems. The Institute’s buildings will be equipped with thermal insulation and renewable energy systems based on solar and geothermal energy, and polluting gas boilers will be replaced with environmentally friendly biomass boilers. The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) is involved as a partner in the project.

    "The new heating system will reduce CO2 emissions by 533 tons per year. Carbon emission is a global problem that we can tackle with local solutions," explains Dr. Katalin Török, Director of the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    The Institute is home to the largest botanical garden in Hungary. In the 29 hectares garden, visitors can appreciate more than 13 000 different plant species more than 1300 trees and shrubs.

    The Institute puts a strong emphasis on outreach and environmental education initiatives. A visitors' centre will be built, in which visitors can learn about the importance of protecting biodiversity and achieving sustainable development. "One of the main barriers to solve global environmental problems is the lack of knowledge and lack of responsibility among the public. Between 50 and 70 000 people visit the Botanical gardens here in Vácrátót, and they will now be able to enhance their knowledge in our new visitors centre," explains Dr. Török.

    In addition, the Nursery School, the Health Centre, the Petofi Sándor Elementary School and the Mayor’s Office, will also be equipped with new and environmentally friendly heating systems. The heating costs for these four municipal buildings are estimated to be reduced with 55%.

    Photo: Guri M. Smenes, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Budapest.

  • Country:


    Project title:


    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development


    € 3,000,147



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    The Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    Type of institution:

    Education/research institution

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 3,644,040

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    05 October 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to establish a system for providing the buildings of the Institute of Ecology and Botany and four municipal institutions with renewable energy, with the overall objective of reduced emissions of greenhouse gases from Vácrátót Municipality. Reference is made to the application dated 4 April 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - public procurement procedure, including procuring equipment needed for test run and start-up;

    - infrastructural works, including building a passive house, rehabilitating two greenhouses, undertaking thermo-insulation measures and establishment of a renewable energy system at the premises of the Institute of Ecology and Botany in Vácrátót;

    - providing renewable energy and undertaking thermoinsulation measures for four municipal institutions: the Nursery school in Vácrátót (2 Petofi tér), the Health Centre (5 Petofi tér), the Petofi Sándor Elementary school (6 Petofi tér) and the Mayor’s Office (3 Petofi tér);

    - project management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15.01 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.