Israel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet global target

Plan seeks to reduce country's greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 2015 levels by 2050; Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg praises mobilization of government for cause

Israel said on Sunday that by mid-century it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 2015 levels, as part of an international push to limit global warming.
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  • The government approved the 2050 target and set an interim target of 2030 to reduce emissions by 27% from levels in 2015, the year when global climate accords were agreed in Paris.
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    Orot Rabin Power Plant in Hadera
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    The Paris deal aims to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably by 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels.
    "We set significant goals, we met our international commitment on time, and most importantly, we mobilized the entire government," Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said.
    The Foreign Ministry said national targets included a 96% reduction in carbon emissions from transport, an 85% reduction from the electricity sector and a 92% reduction in the municipal waste sector.
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    Traffic congestion on Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv
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    These efforts join a plan the government tabled last week to double taxes on single-use plastics in a bid to reduce the proliferation of the environmentally harmful products as the green agenda takes a front seat in Israeli politics.
    The Finance and Environmental Protection Ministries said in a joint statement that raising taxes on disposable plastic goods is projected to cut consumption by 40%. It said Israelis use an average of 7.5 kilograms (16.5 pounds) of single-use plastics per person each year, five times the amount in the European Union.
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