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National consumer protection society calls for abolishing renewable energy taxes – Jordan Times

By JT – Jan 18,2023 The National Society of Consumer Protection has called on the government to abolish the taxes on renewable energy, mainly the domestic sector (File photo) AMMAN — The National Society of Consumer Protection (NSCP) has called on the government to abolish the taxes in the renewable energy sector, mainly in the domestic sector.  The NSCP considered […]

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Are Israelis throwing their lives away with their plastic utensils? Jerusalem Post

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS: The environmental impact of abolishing the single-use plastic tax could have Israelis paying with their lives. By JOANIE MARGULIES Published: JANUARY 20, 2023 One of the first measures Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich decreed when taking office earlier this month was to repeal the tax imposed on disposable goods that was imposed by his […]

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EAD (Abu Dhabi) launches competition for government entities to encourage reduction of single-use products – Environment and Development

24/1/2023 The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched “Mission to Zero Government Challenge” for Abu Dhabi Government entities to encourage the reduction of single-use products. 
The organisations are to report results of the amount of waste they generated and their percentage of reduction by the end March 2023, and the entity that records the highest amount […]

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UAE President declares 2023 the ‘Year of Sustainability’ ahead of COP28 – Al Arabiya

Jennifer Bell, Al Arabiya English 21 January ,2023 The United Arab Emirates’ President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has declared 2023 the “Year of Sustainability” ahead of the country’s staging of the COP28 climate summit. In a post online, the UAE president said that by hosting COP28 – which aims to reduce emissions responsible for global […]

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Ratio Energies CEO on doubling natural gas output to meet demand, shift to clean energy – Jerusalem Post

Landau: “There is no limit to the natural gas supply for the Israeli domestic market, and naturally our aim is to sell as much gas as possible.” By ZACHY HENNESSEY Published: JANUARY 19, 2023 In 2023, Ratio Energies plans to begin doubling its natural gas production capabilities by expanding the existing infrastructure of its Leviathan […]

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Adnoc to pilot project that converts carbon dioxide into rocks – Emvironment and Development

18/1/2023 Adnoc will undertake a pilot project with British-Omani sustainability company 44.01 to permanently convert carbon dioxide from the air into a mineral within rock formations in Fujairah. The project, which is also being carried out in partnership with the Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation and Masdar, will involve the use of technology that permanently mineralises […]

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Expert highlights five climate-tech sectors to watch in 2023 – Jerusalem Post

Nuclear fission and carbon capture are among the climate-tech sectors to keep an eye on according to Terra Venture Partners managing partner and physicist Dr Astorre Modena. By ZACHY HENNESSEY Published: JANUARY 18, 2023 In the past few years, climate-tech has experienced a major spike in attention from investors around the world, as the public […]

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Climate solutions: An investment into Israel’s future – opinion – Jerusalem Post

The thinking behind this is that what’s good for business should also be good for our planet and people, and what’s good for the world should also be good for business. By JODIE COHEN Published: JANUARY 14, 2023 Much has already been written about the new government in Israel. In terms of the environment, however, […]

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UAE to include hydrogen in revised energy strategy: Minister – Al Arabiya

Reuters, Abu Dhabi 18 January ,2023 The UAE’s energy minister expects hydrogen to be included in a revised energy strategy, to be launched this year, as part of the Gulf state’s ambitions to become a top hydrogen exporter and advance its clean energy development projects. It launched its energy strategy plan for 2050 in 2017 […]

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UN recognizes Holon as Israel’s first center of climate crisis knowledge – Jerusalem Post

Holon is Israel’s first city to be recognized as a center of resilience in line with the framework of MCR2030 (Making Cities Resilient). By JERUSALEM POST STAFF JANUARY 17, 2023 19:39 Holon has been recognized by the UN as a center for climate change emergency knowledge. This makes it the first city in Israel to […]

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JOB OPPORTUNITY- Mapping Environmental Journalism

DW Akademie in the MENA region is looking to fill the position of local researcher for a project of theirs. For those interested in applying, please check terms of reference below and kindly send your application to dw-akademie.pal@dw.com. Please note that the deadline is January 22nd, 2023.

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Worrying trend: Israel is a world leader in plastic waste – YNET

Studies repeatedly place Israelis among world’s top polluters, with Tel Aviv’s beaches marked as containing the highest amount of waste in the Mediterranean i24NEWS, Ynet|01.14.23 Plastic is everywhere – in stores, in homes, in the sea and on beaches. And in Israel, disposable cups, plates and cutlery are a household staple in many homes. It’s […]

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Disposal of batteries poses roadblock for sustainable electric vehicle use – Jordan Times

By Rana Tayseer – Jan 17,2023 Representative image (Photo courtesy of unsplash/Michael Fousert) AMMAN — Though the rise in the number of electric vehicle users in Jordan is a positive sign, a smart, environmentally friendly transport network that uses clean and renewable energy augment well for the Kingdom on its path towards sustainability, according to […]

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Karak’s Arbour Day celebration sees opening of new Qatraneh Forest – Jordan Times

By JT – Jan 15,2023 Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat attends a ceremony marking Arbour Day in Karak’s Qatraneh District on Sunday (Petra photo) AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat on Sunday attended a ceremony marking Arbour Day in Karak’s Qatraneh District, which is celebrated annually on January 15, the […]

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Israel Is Planning an ‘Inland Suez Canal’ Across Its Desert. At What Cost? – Haaretz

Israel’s planned high-speed train to Eilat: dream or potential environmental train wreck? Moshe Gilad Jan 17, 2023 In theory, it sounds amazing: a high-speed train to Eilat, the country’s southernmost city on the shores of the Red Sea. This was attested to by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his recent Knesset speech enumerating the new […]

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Trail tourism makes inroads across Jordan – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Jan 17,2023 Desert route between Humeima and Jaba Kharaze in southern Jordan (Photo courtesy of the Jordan Trail) AMMAN — Jordanian hikers, nature enthusiasts and tourism sector stakeholders are hopeful that the introduction of a new nature trail in Jerash will popularise “trail tourism” within the Kingdom, offering visitors the experience […]

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EMV outlines 12 initiatives for energy, water sectors

Jan 17,2023. AMMAN — The Economic Modernisation Vision’s executive programme has outlined 12 initiatives and 54 priorities for energy and water sectors at a value of JD688 million for the 2023-2025 period. The initiatives include reviewing the fuel pricing mechanism, shifting towards smart grids, building electrical interconnection projects with neighbouring countries, prospecting for mineral resources, […]

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UAE, Britain sign MoU to advance energy sector, climate action – Environment and Development

16/1/2023 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Britain on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance strategic and technical cooperation in the energy sector. The MoU was signed during a visit by Britain’s Business and Energy Secretary, Grant Shapps, to Abu Dhabi. Britain’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said the MoU would […]

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Environmental prosecutor charges Jisr and Arab over Costa Brava – Naharnet

Mount Lebanon Environmental Prosecutor Judge Fadi Malkoun has filed charges against the state-run Council for Development and Reconstruction and its chief Nabil al-Jisr as well as against the contractor Jihad al-Arab and his company, LBCI television reported on Monday. Malkoun accused the aforementioned parties of “executing the Costa Brava landfill project without obtaining an environmental […]

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UN: Cost is new obstacle to oil transfer from Yemen tanker – Naharnet

The rising cost of purchasing or leasing a vessel that can hold more than 1 million barrels of crude oil now in a rusting old tanker off the coast of war-torn Yemen is the latest obstacle to resolving the grave threat of massive environmental damage from a possible oil spill or explosion, the U.N. said […]

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