Israel launches plan for full clean energy use in factories

JERUSALEM, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection on Wednesday published a plan to stop the use of petroleum distillates such as fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from factories.

The goal is to move to clean and efficient technologies in various industries, eliminating Israel's dependence on polluting industries while keeping the country's economic interest, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli manufacturing industry, a major source of pollutant emissions in the country, is responsible for about 16 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the Israeli economy, according to the ministry statement.

The plan involves encouraging the use of low-carbon production technologies by providing grants and loans and reviewing new projects in the areas of efficiency in energy production and consumption, energy storage, clean transportation and more.

It will also promote hydrogen generation in factories far from gas infrastructure and the use of hydrogen for thermal needs, especially in heavy industry that operates at very high temperatures.

As part of a national strategy to reduce Israeli greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050, the plan will also encourage factories to use electricity generated by photovoltaic systems and to produce and use biogas as a source of thermal energy.

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