Climate Change Policy in Israel
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an especially difficult challenge in Israel, a country with limited natural resources that is undergoing economic growth against a backdrop of continuous increases in both population and energy consumption. In order to meet the challenge, emphasis has been placed on building greenhouse gas emissions scenarios while focusing on the necessary steps to reduce these emissions. Two studies were published in 2009 which surveyed greenhouse gas emissions in Israel, future forecasts, and mitigation measures across sectors.
In December 2009, at the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Israel President Mr. Shimon Peres announced that “by 2020 the government of Israel intends to make best efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% compared to a business as usual scenario.” A few months later, in March 2010, a government decision called for the establishment of an interministerial committee on formulating a national plan for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to help meet this target.
Israel is on its way toward implementing the plan.