Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.
Last update 3 Sep. 2020
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Minister of Environmental Protection
- Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
- Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
- Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.
1.Climate mitigation measures
Building sectorRecoveryIntroduction of mandatory Green Building Code and government implementation in public buildings with focus on educational institutionsContact Ministry of the Environment
Transition to renewable energyRedesignIn order to increase solar energy production within limited land resources, to massively increase widespread PV and storage installations on exiting housing, traffic interchanges and agricultural and other infrastructure, resulting also in job creation.Contact Ministry of Energy, Planning Authority
Transition to renewable energyRedesignSetting up of 10 to 20 PV energy storage pilot projectsContact Ministry of Energy
Transition to renewable energyRecoveryIncrease in PV tenders of the Directorate for Government Housing for installation in governmential offices.Contact Ministry of Energy
Technological innovation (digitalization / hydrogen/ CCUS‚ etc.)RedesignRegulatory and financial support for scale up projects of environmental technologies, resulting in industrial efficiency and job creationContact The Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Environmental Protection
Sustainable transportationRecoveryReducing the use of private vehicles through major infrastructure investment in solutions such as, mass public transportation including urban light rail in major cities and a new Metro system in the Tel Aviv area.Contact Ministry of Transport
Technological innovation (digitalization / hydrogen/ CCUS‚ etc.)RecoveryTransport congestion reduction through traffic management innovations, autonomous vehicles, public transport lanes, cycle lanes,Contact Ministry of Transport. Innovation Authority
2.Climate adaptation measures
WaterRedesignRiver restoration based on Nature Based Solutions
OthersRecoveryRestoration of open spaces for buildiing ecosystem services and preventing disease outbreaks
Human settlementsRecoveryDevelopment of urban nature sites for strengthening resilience
Adaptation planningRedesignDeveloping adaptation plans for local authorities, eg, Tel Aviv MunicipalityReference https://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/en/Pages/ArticlePage.aspx?WebID=9336473c-1537-4ab6-8a69-d299b5db8bcc&ListID=b4eda22c-a69a-4bef-9479-05d5a832ad16&ItemId=134Contact various municipalities, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of the Interior.
3.Other environmental measures
Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumptionRecoveryExpansion of the activity of the National Resource Efficiency Center. The center is aimed at assisting industry in reducing raw materials consumption and as result achieving GHG reduction and job creation.Reference https://www.rec.co.il/?language=engContact Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Envrionmental Protection
COVID19 recovery and other environmental issuesResponseMASHAV- Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation is supporting countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic crisis MASHAV has conducted on-line courses and lectures on different issues related to Climate and COVID-19 challenges, for example: a series of lectures on water issues: “Water Security and Emergency Management in Difficult Times” and “Water Quality Preservation and Remediation: Present & Future Challenges and lectures in "Remote Crop Optimization in Challenging Times"
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