21/12/2015
MoEP Encouraging More Local Projects to Reduce Vehicular Pollution
 
 
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is calling on local authorities to submit proposals for projects that will reduce private vehicle travel, and the resulting air pollution. Altogether the ministry will invest NIS 20 million to support suitable projects, which could include establishment of low-emission zones in city centers, encouraging bike riding, setting up shuttle bus servies to business/industrial areas, and more. Every year 1,250 people in Israeli die premature deaths as a result of air pollution from transportation.

Mayors of Tel Aviv (l) and Givatayim at the launch of Givatayim’s bicycle project Photo: Givatayim Municipality
MoEP Encouraging More Local Projects to Reduce Vehicular Pollution
Mayors of Tel Aviv (l) and Givatayim at the launch of Givatayim's bicycle project
Photo: Givatayim Municipality

​The MoEP has published a Call for Proposals for projects aimed at reducing travel in private cars. The ministry will lend support totaling NIS 14 million to the projects that are accepted. That’s on top of NIS 6 million it invested in 2015, for a total of 10 projects. Among those are projects to establish or expand bicycle-sharing services in Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Ramat Gan, and Bat Yam, establish shuttle services to industrial areas in Petach Tikva, Holon, and Jerusalem, and more. See the projects that received support in 2015.

The ministry’s investment will lead to financial savings for Israelis, who will spend less on gas, as well as less vehicular air pollution, and a decrease in related morbidity. It will also mean there will be less traffic, so peoples’ commutes will be shorter.

Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay: "Activities to reduce private vehicle travel are an important part of our achieving our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, to which we committed at the Paris Climate Conference. In this way we’ll be able to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions, to improve "

The MoEP will select projects based on several factors, including: population density of the area, annual vehicular emissions of nitrogen dioxide, and the submission of a detailed municipal plan by the local authority.

Local authorities have until Feb. 8, 2016 to submit proposals.