RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 30, 2019 (WAFA) – Energy sector accounted for the biggest source of emissions in Palestine, said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) today.

PCBS said in a report marking World Environment Day, energy sector share was 71% of the total emissions, whereas solid waste sector share was 19%, and the rest 10% came from agriculture sector.

It said that fifth of the Palestinian households are exposed to smells and Gaza strip is the most exposure to external effects.

Data of Socio-Economic Conditions Survey 2018 showed that 29% of households in Palestine were exposed to noise, whereas 21% of households were exposed to smells, 14% of households were exposed to dust, and 8% of households were exposed to smoke in 2018. It is noted that Gaza Strip were exposed to external effects more than West Ban;.

PCBS said In 2017, Palestine emissions from energy, agriculture and waste sectors were estimated at 4,777.2 thousand metric tons CO2 eq. with a 45% increase compared to 2010.

PCBS said per capita emissions of CO2 in Palestine is the least comparing with the neighboring countries

Palestine’s emissions per capita during 2017 was approximately 1.0 tons CO2 eq., where as this figure was 0.8 ton/capita in 2011. Palestine’s emissions per capita were significantly lower than its neighboring countries, added the report.

Data showed a sharp decrease in renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption; it showed that the percentage of renewable energy in the total final energy consumption in Palestine was 10% during 2017 whereas this share was 24% during 2004. Data showed that 34% of the Palestinian households used wood and olive cake for energy purposes.