News Brief 11/8/2011, Cheshvan 11, 5772
OECD Praises Israel's Environmental Efforts
Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki of the Organization for Economic Coordination and Development praised Israel, Monday evening for its achievements in environmental protection in the past two years. During a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan,Tamaki said, "The Government of Israel is doing exceptional work and is investing considerable resources in socio-economic development while reducing harm to the environment and efficiently using natural resources. Thus, for example, the scope of use of desalinated water in Israel is among the highest in the world, 42% of water consumption, and Israel's desalination facilities are among the most energy efficient."
Other areas receiving attention were the hooking up of the nation's natural gas pipeline to Haifa, which significantly reduced air pollution in the area; reduction of Israel's dependence on oil and encouraging the use of altenative and renewable energy, as well as activities to prevent ground pollution and the rehabilitation of polluted rivers.