United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Israel

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates,
For nearly 10 years, the Israeli government has
accelerated the introduction of a wide range of tools and
policies to facilitate increased sustainable consumption
and production.
These include technological innovation in energy and
resource efficiency, green procurement by government
agencies and bodies, the greening of government
operations, public-private partnerships with industry and
academia in order to ?green? buildings and schools, the
adoption of an extended producer responsibility approach
and a life cycle approach and green labeling.

Mr. Chairman,
While the subject of sustainable consumption is
extremely diverse, I wish to touch upon unique aspects of
Israel?s commitment. In the field of sustainable water
management, Israel stands as a leader.
This know-how developed as the direct result of a
scarcity of water coupled with expanding demands for
water from a growing population and economy.
The government engaged in major public campaigns and
developed economic tools such as taxation and
differential water pricing according to consumption in
order to promote conservation and to reduce
consumption on the household level.
In recognition of the cross-fertilization between
sustainable water policy and energy policy, Israel
launched a national program known as Israel NEWTech.

The program, based upon Israel's experience in coping
with scarce energy and water resources, seeks to promote
new technologies of water management and energy
efficiency to reduce resource consumption and
environmental pollution
Simultaneously, we continue to explore new areas where
we believe our added value can foster better
environmental performance and sustainable patterns of
production and consumption. One such area is the
Information and Communication Technology market
(ICT) that presents new opportunities in supporting
energy and resource efficiency, such as green building or
smart grid electricity transmission and distribution.
In the realm of education related to sustainable
consumption and production, Israel initiated a Green
School accreditation program, under the auspices of the
Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of
Education . Not only do students learn about the
importance of environmental awareness, hundreds of
kindergartens, schools and universities have met
sustainable standards and been certified as green
educational institutions.
Such success at these educational systems is encouraging
and we are working on additional initiatives in order to
offer incentives and benefits when peoples? preferences
and behavior shift towards sustainable consumption
patterns.
Through a coordinated and comprehensive approach, and
innovative technological leadership, we hope to bring
about a real change in consumption and production
practices at all levels
Thank you.
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