Lead Israeli environmentalist: Country failed to live up to its potential at climate conference

Departing from the 12-day United Nations Conference on Climate Change without a national action plan to implement its modest emissions targets, Israel has failed to live up to its potential at the annual Conference of Parties, according to the country’s leading environmentalist.

“This conference, COP-21, is first and foremost a business opportunity – a business opportunity that our government has missed,” Naor Yerushalmi – CEO of Life and Environment, the umbrella organization for all of Israel’s green groups – told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Yerushalmi, who had joined the Israeli delegation in Le Bourget, outside Paris, for the second half of COP-21, spoke with the Post on Thursday evening, as the convention leaders were working to settle on a final agreement.

Among OECD countries, Israel’s greenhouse gas emission target – a 25-percent reduction by 2030, in comparison to 2005 levels – is one of the lowest, but the government has yet to approve a program toward realizing this and other environmental goals, Yerushalmi explained. Continue reading…

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