Tag Archive for Environmental Protection Ministry

Libyan tanker sailing from Iran to Syria purposely spill crude oil off Israeli coast

Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister called ecological damage, ‘environmental terrorism’, saying those responsible for intentionally discharging crude oil off Israel’s northern coast ‘must pay the price’ for devastation to Israeli nature and animals.

By Ilana Curiel, News Agencies


The recent oil spill off Israel’s shores that caused massive ecological damage was caused by a Libyan ship sailing from Iran to Syria, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday, describing the incident as “environmental terrorism.”

The country’s investigation had focused on an unidentified ship that passed about 50 km (30 miles) off the coast on Feb. 11 as the likely source of what environmentalist groups are calling an ecological disaster that could take years to clean up. Continue Reading »

Chinese investors start with $520 million investment in Israeli green tech

Acknowledging “a tremendous opportunity that will significantly boost Israel’s economy,” Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin, is in China to promote local investment in Israeli clean tech firms.

By Dan Lavie


An Israeli delegation headed by Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin is currently in China in an effort to bring together Israeli firms that specialize in green tech and Chinese companies looking to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the growing industry.

Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin with his Chinese counterpart Li Ganjie – Photo: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The delegation, organized by the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Economy and Industry Ministry’s Foreign Trade Administration and the Israel Innovation Authority, is comprised of representatives from Israeli clean tech companies. Continue Reading »

19 mile-long stream of Ramallah sewage from Palestinian Authority reaches Modiin Illit


After seeking the source of swarming mosquitoes, a 19-mile long stream of sewage-water from the Palestinian Authority town of Ramallah was discovered stretching all the way to the town of Modiin Illit in central Israel.

By Tal Polon


Residents of the town of Modiin Illit in central Israel have been suffering as of late from incessant attack by mosquitoes that have been swarming the area.

In recent days, a tour of the areas surrounding the town by members of the Association of Cities for the Quality of the Environment – Samaria has led to a discovery of the source of the problem – a 19-mile long pool of sewage water stretching from the Arab town of Ramallah all the way to the town. Continue Reading »

Israeli consumers to pay for plastic bags used at grocery stores beginning Jan 1


The 10 agorot (2.6 US cents) fee for plastic bags starts January 1, 2017 in supermarket chains nationwide, but for 3 weeks only, free reusable grocery bags will be handed out at the supermarkets from the last week of December until the end of the 2nd week in January.

By Amir Ben-David


After years of trying to minimize the use of plastic shopping bags that cause harm to the environment, a country-wide law will come into effect in January which will force Israeli consumers to pay for each plastic bag they use at the grocery store.Starting on January 1, 2017, any disposable plastic bags used to bag purchases at grocery store chains will cost 10 agorot.

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Natural gas lines expedited to four Haifa factories

The expedited construction of gas distribution lines comes as part of a plan by Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry to reduce air pollution in the Haifa Bay area.


Following pressure from the Environmental Protection Ministry, four factories in the Haifa Bay region will soon be connected to natural gas for the first time, the ministry announced on Sunday.


The Haifa District Committee for Planning and Building recently approved the connection, after Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai met with a number of officials in the bay region to demand the expedited construction of two low-pressure gas distribution lines, the ministry said. Continue Reading »