Israel has joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) a global intergovernmental alliance committed to phasing out coal, Environmental Protection Ministry and the Energy Ministry announced in a joint statement on Monday.
The decision took place during the UN’s COP24 conference held in Katowice, Poland, last week where world leaders gathered to discuss the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
In recent years, Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz have been leading a joint policy to reduce coal use in Israel, and to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
In November, Steinitz also unveiled his ministry’s goals for 2030 in the energy sector, which includes the complete and absolute elimination of the use of polluting fuel over the next 12 years, zero coal production and an absolute ban on imports of cars using pollutant fuel.
“In recent years, I have formulated a new energy policy that emphasizes the reduction of the use of coal while maintaining the public health and energy security of the State of Israel.” Steinitz said in the statement. “ Since I took office, I have announced the closure of the coal plant in Hadera, the closure of the coal plant in Ashkelon, the cancellation of the construction of another coal plant, the dramatic reduction in the use of coal for electricity generation, and the new 2030 plan to rehabilitate Israel from polluting energy in the fields of electricity, transportation and industry.
“The Ministry of Energy is working to accelerate the entry of clean and renewable energies into Israel and will continue to act to reduce air pollution for the benefit of the general public,” he added.
Elkin emphasized that Israel is committed to the Paris Agreement. “From the moment I entered the position, I joined the process of reducing the use of coal and closing the units that pollute Hadera. The State of Israel has set ambitious targets for reducing the use of coal.
“All this in order to reduce air pollution and to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets as per our commitment under the Paris Agreement,” he said.
By Mara Vigevani/TPS
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