In preparation for Israeli election day, we present a series of posts with a summary of the environmental positions of the parties running for the Knesset on the following topics: Open Areas and Beaches, Green Energy, Radiation and Global Warming, Sustainable Development, Recycling, Water, and Air & Industrial Pollution and Enforcement.
Green Movement – Meimad
1. Building a national plan for energy efficiency. The goals of the program should be: stopping the rise in energy consumption by 2012 (equivalent to a reduction of 4-5% a year). Reducing the consumption by an additional 3% every year until 2020 – in order to reduce the consumption by at least 20% relative to its level today. Technological improvements in power plants, standards for efficient electrical appliances, regulations for energy management in large buildings. Encouraging the design of energetically efficient buildings and Green Building. Incentives in electricity rates to save electricity. Short and long term education;
2. Development of renewable energies. Implementing the existing technologies for generating electricity from renewable energy, and promoting R&D on new technologies that utilize the energy of the sun and the wind in the most efficient way.
3. Regional cooperation – contacts with the countries in the region, especially Jordan and Egypt, for cooperation in establishing renewable energy power plants.
4. Investments in R&D – in order to promote research and bring back the best minds, the government must invest sums of tens and millions each year. This budget can come also from the energy market itself, by means of a dedicated surcharge.
1. Production of clean energy from existing and inexhaustible resources that are local and clean. The most notable is the sun;
2. The Electric Company will be required to invest in alternative sources of energy: solar energy, wind and bio-energy.
Promoting conservation of energy and the use of clean energy, e.g. sun and wind.
Promoting the transition to the use of renewable energy sources while combing economic development and establishing the economic independence of the state.
1. Promoting renewable energies and a goal of 10% of the installed production capacity of electricity from solar and wind energy by year 2015;
2. Promoting efficiency measures in the electric market, including the establishment of stricter regulation for minimum allowable levels of efficiency of high-consumption electric devices, promoting wide spread understanding for conservation of fuel and electricity and the examination of new technologies for energy storage during off-peak hours when demand is low.
3. Extracting the full potential of landfills and waste sites for producing bio gas for energy.
4. Identification of desert areas suitable for the construction of thermal solar power plants, and which will allow an increase of the government’s goals in this field, including appropriate areas in Army bases – while avoiding damage to landscapes and nature.
5. Widening the search for new deposits of natural gas and oil.
6. Developing sources of shale oil as an alternative to importing crude oil.
7. Implementation of the interministerial master plan for the energy market in the fields of energy conservation, reduction of greenhouse gases and promotion of clean alternative energy and fuels from renewable sources.
8. Substantial increase of tens of workers in the engineering-professional manpower in the government offices, and especially the Ministry of National Infrastructure in the fields of energy conservation, green building, renewable energies, development of local energy sources and environmental quality.
9. Establishing a national plan for the junking and replacement of old air conditioners with modern and efficient air conditioners in order to save energy and avoid the need to build power plants.
10. Increasing the budgetary support for R&D in renewable and clean energies.
Establishing policy in the energy field combining efficiency and conservation with the use of environmentally friendly energies.
Managing a sustainable energy market, supporting and incentivizing R&D in the field of renewable energies, will help establish Israel’s international standing as the cutting edge of scientific and technological development in the field. The State of Israel will establish national targets and a timetable for including renewable energy sources in the portfolio of electrical generation in Israel, achieving a goal of 20% of the electricity market based on renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar energy. Will oppose the establishment of coal-fired power plants and will change the composition of the Committee for National Infrastructures so that it will include a substantial influence from the representatives of the ministries of Environmental Protection and of Health.
1. Promoting policy and implementation of steps to reduce the amount of energy consumed in buildings;
2. Finding green alternatives to bridge the gap between the increasing demand for electricity and the generation capacity.
New Movement – Meretz
1. Implementation of a comprehensive policy of efficiency and conservation in state institutions, the defense system, and the industrial, agricultural, business and private sectors;
2. Establishing a progressive pricing system for electrical use – households that consume less will pay less for each kWh, a household that uses more will pay more.
3. Implementing the Government decision to build a solar power plant in the Negev, with consideration for sensitive regions that provide desert ecosystems. Encouraging the use of solar energy for residential , industrial and public consumption.
4. Legislating a law encouraging renewable energy in order to incorporate these sources into the Israeli electric market.
5. Promotion of the production of energy from solid waste via the allocation of resources, tools and space specifically for this purpose.
6. Forbidding the construction of new power plants based on such fossil fuels as oil, coal and natural gas, and a prohibition on the expansion of the existing ones.
7. Developing incentives and beginning a public campaign to replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
8. Complete transparency and transfer of information regarding the use of nuclear energy in Israel and methods of burying nuclear waste.
9. Legislation regarding inspection and control of the development on nuclear energy in Israel
Sha”s does not relate to the issue of the open areas and beaches in their platform.