Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An indicator of the extent of greenhouse gas emissions from anthropogenic sources that contribute to global warming

Israel’s contribution of emissions is globally marginal, but it is committed to abide by international treaties to which it is a party; emissions per capita in Israel are high relative to OECD countries and are expected to increase in the future

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased in Israel during the years 2000-2009 by approximately 11% and by an annual average of approximately 1.3%. CO2 emissions per capita decreased by approximately 5% overall and by approximately 0.6% on annual average. Emissions per unit GDP decreased during this period by approximately 18% and by an annual average of approximately 2.1%. These data reveal a trend of relative decoupling, indicating a trend of increasing emissions but a decrease in the rate of emissions per unit GDP (and per capita). CO2 emissions in Israel from the burning of fuels during 2007 amounted to approximately 0.5% of the total sum of emissions by OECD countries. Israel’s influence, if any, on CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is marginal. Nonetheless, it is bound by the international conventions that it has signed regarding reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and efforts to reduce emissions also helps improve the air quality in Israel. Greenhouse gas emissions per capita and per unit GDP in Israel are high relative to OECD countries. According to Central Bureau of Statistics forecasts regarding climate change, assuming “business as usual,” Israel can expect an increase of up to 100% in greenhouse gas emissions during the years 2005 to 2030. According to this forecast a 40% increase in greenhouse gas emissions per capita can be expected.

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