The University of Szeged (SZTE) is the sole central European institution participating in the European Union’s Phoenix project which explores solutions to climate change and the energy crisis.
The Phoenix research project gauges the readiness of residents, decision-makers and economic players to respond to changes caused by climate change and the energy crisis in eleven regions in nine countries including Hungary, the university said. The first phase of the project is to explore opportunities in the natural environment and the appreciation, vulnerability and ways of using natural resources. Researchers in this phase will gauge the opinion of local societies on development options they may support in the areas of energy, environment protection and sustainability. The research in Hungary will focus in Szeged on energy, geothermal energy and alternative heating methods and in the Lake Balaton region on local food production and distribution. The research reports will be submitted to the EU decision-making bodies in January 2024 to help prepare a comprehensive action plan.