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New in Israel: introducing the use of hybrid buses


15.03.2012

In the framework of the first part of the program of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, allocating grants for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: ponsulak

The grants – which will leverage total investments of about 200 million shekels - were approved in the first allocation of the grants program of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Within this program and for the first time in Israel, the use of hybrid buses will be introduced.

The Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan: "This is further proof that companies and leading organizations recognize that environmental protection leads to improved quality of life and health as well as substantial financial savings, especially nowadays when electricity rates are rising".

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Shalom Simhon: "the reduction in greenhouse gases is a national goal that the government has set and is committed to. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is a partner in this program within the framework of developing the commitment of industry and business to the environment. In my opinion, there is no future for industry that is not environmentally-friendly and we will work to promote and facilitate the implementation of new technologies for meeting the goals we have set".

Within the national program that the government adopted in November 2010, a mechanism to support investments aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions was established. The mechanism, jointly managed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, will grant 151 million shekels in 2011-12 for projects and investments in various areas which will meet the criteria decided on for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The purpose of the national program is to meet its target of a reduction of 20% in greenhouse gas emissions relative to that which would be achieved in 2020 by continuing 'business as usual'. To implement the program, the government has decided to allocate 2.2 billion shekels to finance activities to reduce emissions this decade in the areas of energy efficiency, green building and transportation as well education and publicity.

The first allocation of grants were distributed to various sectors as follows: in the municipal sector nine projects worth a total of 7 million shekels were approved; in the industrial sector 23 projects to the value of 19 million shekels were approved; in the commercial sector 45 projects worth ten million shekels were confirmed; in the transport sector one project worth approximately four million shekels was approved. It should be noted that most of the requests that fulfilled the conditions and were approved were in the municipal, commercial and transport sectors. In addition, the Chief Scientist approved grants for three requests that include the first installation of an Israeli innovative technology with an overall value of one million shekels.

Among the most prominent projects that were approved by the committee the following projects should be noted:
1. In the municipal sector - projects for replacing street lighting systems and energy efficiency in air conditioning systems in the communities of Yeruham, Modi'in Illit, Petah-Tikva, Fureidis and Migdal Haemek. These projects were allocated 1.5 million shekels in grants and are expected to result in a reduction of approximately 6,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year and savings in electricity costs of these authorities.
2. The bus company "Kavim" received approval of a grant of 3.8 million shekels for the purchase of 12 hybrid buses with a total investment of 20 million shekels. This is the first time that a commercial bus company has brought such buses into use. This is of great environmental importance due to the expected significant reduction of 30% in pollutant emissions in populated areas.
3. Nir Etzion Hotel in the north and the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem received approval of grants worth a total of one and a half million shekels for the establishment of geothermic systems to increase the efficiency of their air conditioning systems using technology that exploits the constant temperature deep in the ground.
4. In the hotel sector many projects have been approved for increasing the efficiency of water heating and air conditioning including the Dalia, Shalom and Siesta Hotels in Eilat, the Yad Hashmona and Golden Crown Hotels in Nazareth and other hotels throughout the country.
5. Requests to replace air conditioning and water heating systems in synagogues, mosques, sports centers and gyms throughout the country have been approved. The Ministries of Environmental Protection and of Industry, Trade and Labor are asking municipalities, companies, entrepreneurs and other organizations to apply for the next allocation which is expected to be announced in May 2012 with a budget of more than 100 million shekels.

• Source: Ministry of Environmental Protection

Photo: ponsulak


 


תגיות : Cleantech, Hybrid buses, environment, alternative energy, alternative energy exhibition, renewable energy, renewable energy exhibition, solar energy, solar energy exhibition, clean energy, clean energy exhibition, green energy, wind energy,

     
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