The Israeli Mission to the UN and Israel's Ministry of Energy held a global, virtual event on the subject of Israeli innovation in energy on Tuesday afternoon.
The event took place as part of a collaboration between Israel's ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan and Israel's Ministry of Energy, led by Minister Karine Elharrar.
"Energy consumption is one of the greatest sources of pollution in the world today," Ambassador Erdan said in his remarks. "With the devastating effects of climate change felt throughout the world, ensuring energy access will require a responsible and intentional devotion to our planet. This will be no easy task. Rising to the challenge of meeting energy needs in a sustainable way will only be possible if revolutionary science and innovative technology are a key part of our approach. This reality is what has driven Israel’s energy policy in recent years. The Israeli government and Israeli companies have invested greatly in developing new, sustainable energy sources."
He highlighted that Israel has made it "a national priority to meet our energy needs while at the same time reducing their impact on the environment. As a former Minister of Environmental Protection, I worked to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and we have made great progress in this regard. By 2025, Israel will no longer be burning coal. Israel is also committed to completing our transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2050."
In conclusion, the ambassador noted that "while extremely important, cultivating new sources of energy is not enough. In order to build a sustainable energy future, we must also reexamine the way in which we consume our energy. Innovation, technology and data play a key role in increasing energy efficiency."
The event took place ahead of an energy summit to be held at the UN General Assembly in September on clean and achievable energy. This will be the first conference on energy at the UN General Assembly since 1981.