New bill seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% until 2050

Legislation sets national climate goals for the first time and establishes independent expert committee to advise the government; Environmental Protection Ministry will soon publish draft for public and government review
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The Ministry of Environmental Protection introduced on Monday a comprehensive bill that seeks to cut Israel's greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.
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  • The new bill is Israel's latest action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of renewable energies, and tackling climate change in accordance with its international commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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    Rutenberg power station in Ashkelon
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    Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel announced the new law that for the first time sets national climate goals and establishes an independent expert committee to advise the government on the issue.
    According to the bill, Israel will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 27% by 2030 relative to the country's emission measurements from 2015, and by 2050, emissions will be reduced by at least 85% compared to 2015.
    In the coming days, the Ministry of Environmental Protection will publish the draft Climate Law for public and government review. All input will be considered during the drafting of the bill. The bill will then be subject to the approval of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation before moving to the Knesset table for discussion and voting.
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    Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel
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    Gamliel noted that “the climate crisis and the damage that results from it are an undisputed fact today among experts and scientists.”
    “The Israeli Climate Law, which anchors national goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, deals with the adaptation required for climate change, the effects resulting from it, and its damage. Today we are protecting the public, its health, and well-being from the consequences of the climate crisis,” she stated.
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