Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said Monday that the ”Green Knesset” project has entered a phase in which it is being implemented in the daily parliamentary work. He explained that now only a few necessary copies of Knesset documents are printed out, as opposed to hundreds of copies in the past. Edelstein also mentioned that most of the Knesset`s documents can be viewed on its website.

”Now, following the successful pilot project led by the Knesset Secretariat, we will apply the same principle to the summaries of committee meetings. These too will be printed out only according to necessity, and the material will be available online,” Speaker Edelstein said during a meeting of the Knesset Presidium. ”All the material will be just as accessible and transparent, only without the needless waste of paper.” The decision to significantly reduce the number of printed documents was reached following a meeting between Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller-Horowitz with the managers of the various Knesset committees.

As part of the ”Green Knesset” project, the Economic Affairs Committee recently launched a pilot program to send Knesset members primary and secondary legislation copies via electronic means only.

By offering Knesset members legal texts through electronic platforms – such as laptops and tablets – the committee will be reducing Knesset paper printing by about 30,000 documents annually, the committee`s spokesman said. As part of the project, the committee`s secretary will transfer all relevant texts to the electronic devices supplied to members at their discussions, according to the committee.

During the pilot program, representatives from the Knesset`s information and technology department will also be present to guide members on the proper use of their electronic handsets and respond to any relevant questions, the committee spokesman added.

Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot said: ”The significance of implementing the recent decision, in addition to previous ones, is that we will be saving hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper a year. I am happy that `Green Knesset` is not just a brand, but a real project which week by week is transforming the Knesset into a model of sustainability for other institutions in Israel and for parliaments around the world.