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Israel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050

But critics want more ambitious targets for renewable energy as the goals set are low compared to other Western countries

Israel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050

Jerusalem, July 27 - Neftegaz.RU. Israeli government approved an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions by at least 85% by 2050, as part of an international push to limit global warming.
The decision also determined an interim goal of reducing emissions by 27% by 2030.
The national targets included:
  • a 96% reduction in carbon emissions from transport
  • an 85% reduction from the electricity sector
  • a 92% reduction in the municipal waste sector
Israel´s Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said:
  • The climate crisis is a dramatic threat to humanity
  • We must act now if we want to continue to thrive as a developed country and competitive economy
  • We have managed to improve the existing targets for 2030 and commit to a reduction of 30 million tons of gas compared to the previous target, adding an ambitious target for 2050 to achieve 85% emissions reduction
  • True, there is criticism of the modest goals
Environmentalists and critics have called for more ambitious targets for renewable energy.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the new plan seems to rely less on natural gas, but didn't cut emissions goals much more than the previous government had expressed a desire to do.

The United States has committed to a reduction of 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
The EU has also set a goal of at least 55% reduction by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

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