While Israel is a relatively small contributor to climate change due to its size and population, it is highly sensitive to the potential impacts of the phenomenon, due to its location.
(Ministry of Environmental Protection)
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held in Paris from November 30 – December 11, 2015.
The basis of the Convention is the global concern over the gradual warming of the Earth. While Israel is a relatively small contributor to climate change due to its size and population, it is highly sensitive to the potential impacts of the phenomenon, due to its location. Effects may be felt in all aspects of life, including: water, public health, agriculture, energy, biodiversity, coastal infrastructure, natural disasters, national security, and more.
A new, binding agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, applicable to all countries, is expected to be adopted at the conference. Israel has committed to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions to 7.7 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) by 2030. This constitutes a reduction of 26% below the 2005 GHG emissions level. These reductions will come from sectors such as: electricity, industry, transportation, residential and commercial buildings, waste, and agriculture.
The Israel delegation to Paris, numbering about 70 members, includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay and Director General Yisrael Dancziger, Members of Knesset, government officials, members of environmental NGOs, industry representatives, and more. Prime Minister Netanyahu will deliver an address on the opening day of the conference.
Three side events are being organized by members of the Israeli delegation:
- The use of alternative refrigerants, with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, organized by the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection in partnership with its counterpart in Bavaria, Germany
- Renewable energies, organized by the Israel Foreign Ministry
- Deforestation, organized by theJewish National Fund