Israel declares ‘national security’ on climate change; Promises Green Energy Investments – ET CIO

Israeli Prime Minister Natalie Bennett on Sunday pledged to “facilitate” investment in green energy, prioritizing “national security” in the fight against climate change.

The COP26 International Climate Conference in Glasgow, UK – Bennett to attend – The Israeli government announced a few days ago that it has created “working groups” on climate change.

“Climate crisis is one of the major issues on the world agenda,” Bennett said, referring to Israel’s “new national security needs.”

“This affects our lives as well as the lives of our children and grandchildren,” he said. “We have a duty to look at in Israel; it is in our lives.”

The Jewish state is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which makes the smallest investment in public transportation.

But Bennett said the government has approved “clean and low carbon emissions, energy efficiency, reducing emissions, encouraging technological innovation and accelerating infrastructure.”

In June, Bennett’s new coalition government set a target of reducing Israel by 20 percent by 2030 and by 2050 by 85 percent by 2015.

Israel is proud of its global success in hiring high-tech, cyber security, defense and financial technologies companies and hiring one-tenth of its workforce.

The government sees similar innovations in the green sector.

“For many years, Israeli startups have been at the forefront of international action,” said Energy Minister Karin Elharar.

“This decision is to remove barriers, promote pioneering projects, and facilitate green energy entrepreneurs.”

Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg said the Israeli government had finally shown “real commitment” to the issue after “years of dragging.”

“The government is preparing for climate change,” Zandberg said.


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