With just two days to go until the start of the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow on Sunday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Energy Minister Karine Elharrar announced Friday that Israel will join the growing number of countries pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050.

The move upends the policy of the previous government, announced in April, which was to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent across the board by that year and emissions from the electricity sector in particular by up to 85%.

Going carbon neutral means balancing the amount of carbon emitted with the amount that is taken out of the atmosphere and stored.

“The climate crisis affects all of our lives, including those of our children and grandchildren,” Bennett said. “We must be fully determined. Israel is the ‘innovation nation’ and has the ability to contribute the talents and creativity that only we have to the world. With the new goal, Israel is lining up alongside the developed countries that are already taking action to attain the goal of zero emissions and is redoubling its commitment to the Paris agreement and the international agreements on the issue. We are responding to the global challenge, finding technological solutions and joining in to achieve this important goal.”

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar said, “This is a challenging but necessary step in the State of Israel’s fight against the climate crisis. I am certain that we will succeed in bringing us to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The government of Israel is committed to fighting the climate crisis for the future of our children.”

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar said, “This is a challenging but necessary step in the State of Israel’s fight against the climate crisis. I am certain that we will succeed in bringing us to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The government of Israel is committed to fighting the climate crisis for the future of our children.”

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