In April 2011 MGKKE was founded to serve as an interest group of the Hungarian NGV related industry. Since then the cluster association’s membership figures are steadily rising, including major gas suppliers, OEMs and scientific institutions. MGKKE strongly engages in technical knowledge transfer, provides publications and cooperates with policy makers in national and European projects in order to increase the public acceptance of NGVs and strengthen the role of gas fuelled transport. In particular it focuses on raising the share of gas powered vehicles in urban public transport to help improve local air quality and reduce noise levels in Hungarian cities.
In December 2011 the Hungarian government introduced its Green Investment Scheme in the amount of 260 million HUF (approximately 877.109 Euros) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This initiative provides public funding for CNG busses, investments in the CNG infrastructure and also reduces registration taxes for NGVs, boosting the role of CNG fleets in public transport. MGKKE welcomes the policy and gladly contributes its share to the successful introduction and implementation of gas as a fuel in Hungary.
One of the federation’s main objectives is to help build the infrastructure, namely CNG filling stations, needed to make gas powered vehicles a practical alternative available throughout the country and decrease the nation’s dependency on fossil oil. In just one year the number of public filling-stations in Hungary has grown by 50 percent. Currently there are three public and 14 private CNG filling stations in Hungary, the latest public one to be put in operation in Budapest, located 1107 Budapest Kőbányai út 55.
MGKKE furthermore successfully organised the first Hungarian NGV conference, held in Budapest on November 24th 2011. The event included a CNG round table and featured relevant presentations, delivered by experts in fleet management and passenger transport as well as key gas suppliers and policy makers.
To find out more about MGKKE, please visit the association’s website or contact the organisation’s spokesman Henrik Domanovszky by sending an email to email@example.com.
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