urgent action is needed for Israel to reduce its emissions and meet its climate targets

A recent report published by the Environmental Protection Ministry reveals that Israel is struggling to keep up with its own climate pledges. Despite pledging to reduce its global warming emissions by 27% by 2030, the country is only on track to achieve a reduction of 12%. Similarly, the official goal of generating 30% of energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade is expected to fall short at just 19%. These revelations come at a time when nations across the globe are actively striving to reduce their carbon footprints to combat the effects of climate change.


The report analyzed progress towards reducing emissions across various sectors of the economy, and reveals that almost every pledge made by the Israeli government is at risk of not being met. For example, the UN had expected solid waste emissions to decrease by 47% by 2030, but it is likely that they will only decrease by 19%. Similarly, the electricity and industrial sectors are expected to fall short of their targets by 9% and 13%, respectively.


In 2020, Israel only managed to reduce its total emissions by 2%, which is far less than the 11%-20% reductions achieved by other Western nations. Although emissions fell by a further 3% in 2021, it is not enough to achieve the 27% reduction target by 2030. The report attributes this slow progress to delayed reduction plans and a lack of budget for implementing them.


To meet its climate targets, the report recommends that Israel pass a Climate Law that obliges the government to meet its goals, sets out the infrastructure for doing so, and provides certainty to the market. Specific measures include converting methane from sewage treatment plants into energy, implementing programs to slash emissions in agriculture, ensuring energy efficiency, closing petrochemical industries, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, and making solar panels mandatory on all new buildings.


Carbon credits could also play a role in helping Israel meet its climate pledge. These credits permit a company or country to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases, which can be traded on carbon markets to fund emissions reduction projects in other countries. While controversial, supporters argue that carbon credits can provide a source of funding for emissions reduction projects in developing countries that might not otherwise have the resources to undertake such projects.


In conclusion, urgent action is needed for Israel to reduce its emissions and meet its climate targets. The government must take bold steps to implement policies that will drive down emissions across all sectors of the economy.