At Eve of 64th Independence Day: Israel Needs Energy Independence
The unilateral Egyptian leave of the gas trade agreement with the state of Israel, at the eve of Israel’s 64th Independence Day, clarifies Israel’s urgent need to meet its energy demands independently, without relying on foreign sources. It is important to note that in all actuality, well before the official Egyptian announcement, gas did not flow regularly for several months.
On January 29th, 2009, the Israeli government had set forth an initiative to promote renewable energy production. According to its outline, by the year 2020, 10% of all power consumption in Israel would come from renewable sources. As an intermediate goal, it is supposed to be 5% by the year 2014. In reality, Israel is many miles away from reaching its objective. The Israeli energy market’s dependency on expensive and polluting fossil fuels, takes a heavy strategic, economic and environmental cost.
Even at the current stage, Israel should have made - according to governmental directions – a much broader use of the powerful solar radiation the middle-east region receives, to the benefit of versifying its available energy sources, reducing its dependency on foreign energy sources, and reducing negative environmental impact. Further, the lagging behind in implementing the government outline in promoting the Negev and Arava districts as national priority areas in the production of renewable energy, has brought about a halt to a significant economic leverage to the economic growth of the periphery and of the creation of new jobs.
Haim Allush, Joint CEO in Mashov-Group Ltd., which organizes the international event and exhibition CleanTech 2012, says that “the deepening crisis in the Israeli energy sector, which is expected to heighten come summer, forces Israel to take immediate action relieving all regulatory inhibitors and to cancel all quotas placed on entrepreneurs in the solar energy market – in order to adequately handle the crisis quickly and efficiently – while successfully promoting previous governmental directives. Energy independence naturally comes with a price, but to depend on polluting natural resources, which Israel does not natively possess – has a much greater cost.”
The world’s renewable energy and clean technology markets are growing at an unprecedented rate. Already, the global clean technology market has a net worth of hundreds of billions of dollars. Israel is lacking in natural resources, yet it is rich in advanced technologies and considered a top global producer of cleantech entrepreneurship. According to the Cleantech Global Innovation Index of 2012, Israel is a world leader in creating quality cleantech companies.
CleanTech 2012, the annual international exhibition and event which will take place a July 3-4 at the Israel Trade Fairs, Tel-Aviv, Israel, provides a glimpse into the future for thousands for visitors from Israel and the globe – a glimpse of innovative breakthroughs, which could very well change the face of the cleantech market for coming years.
In the framework of this event, professional international and local symposiums will be held, in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Environment, The Israeli Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, The Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, The Manufacturers Association of Israel, The Union of Local authorities in Israel, The Israel Electric Corporation, Mekorot Corporation, the Israeli National Standards Institute, and the Israeli Council for Green Building. Many leading professionals are expected to participate in these symposiums, including the top Israeli market figures, ministers, parliament members, administration members, media people and more.
The relevant fields that will be at the center of the event include: water technology, recycling, energy efficiency, air pollution, renewable energy, green building, and green transportation.
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