Minister Avi Gabbay: "Climate Targets are an Opportunity for a Better Economy and Improved Health"

Innovation, sustainability, and Israel’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be the main themes at a conference taking place in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The Conference on Sustainable Innovation is being organized in advance of the UN’s climate conference to be held in December 2015. The conference is being hosted by Israel’s Ministries of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and Economy and by Germany’s Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

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Sessions at the conference will focus on a myriad of issues, including innovative Israeli technological solutions to climate change, low-carbon policies, a new binding UN climate agreement expected to be adopted at the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris, and Israel’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) – climate actions it intends to take under that new agreement.

Those climate actions include submission of a GHG reduction target to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Under the previous binding agreement – the Kyoto Protocol – Israel was considered a developing country and so was not legally obligated to reduce GHG emissions.) Under the new agreement, however, Israel and all other Parties will agree to binding targets. The conference will end with a presentation of the work that’s been done by an inter-ministerial committee that is working to come up with an emissions reduction target to be submitted to the UNFCCC.

Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay: "The declaration of climate targets is an unprecedented opportunity for advancement and optimization of the Israeli economy, reducing the enormous expenditures on energy, and increasing the resilience and competitiveness of Israeli industry in the long term. In addition, further benefits are expected to include, among other things, the creation of long-term energy security, which is based on reducing Israel’s dependence on polluting fuels, reducing air pollution, improving public health, new job creation, and the development and implementation of innovative climate technology."

Top environmental and industry officials in Israel, Germany, and at the UN will participate in the conference, including:

  1. Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay
  2. David Leffler, MoEP Director General
  3. Dr. Barbara Hendricks, German Minister Barbara for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Policy
  4. Caio Kai Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank & member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
  5. Dr. Halldór Thorgeirsson, Director for Strategy, Executive Direction and Management, UNFCCC
  6. Simon Buckle, Head of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water Division of the Environment Directorate, OECD
  7. Professor Eugene Kendel, Head of the National Economic Council, Prime Minister’s Office
  8. Christoph Freiherr von Speßhardt, Manager of Public Affairs, Knauf Insulation GmbH and Vice Chairman, German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency


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