On January 26, 2017, the EU Twinning Project IL 11, between Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and partners in 3 EU countries (Germany, Austria and Northern Ireland), organized a high-level site visit to Nesher Ramle Cement Plant, with participation of the MoEP Director General, 3 ambassadors, professional departments of the MoEP and the Twinning team.
This Twinning project is being carried out by experts from ministries and agencies from three EU Member States – Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom - working in close collaboration with a team from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The body with overall responsibility from the EU side is Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
The project, based on EU legislation and experience offers ideas on how to consolidate Israel's overall sustainable environmental policy in areas such as energy efficiency, use of raw materials, water resources and waste management. In this contest, the high-level site visit to Nesher demonstrates how Israel implements waste-to-energy, based on European regulations and policy.
Speakers at the January 26 event included EU Ambassador to the State of Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the German ambassador to Israel Dr Clemens von Goetze, the Austrian ambassador to Israel, H.E: Martin Weiss, and the ministry's Director General, Mr. Yisrael Dancziger.
The speakers stressed the high level of cooperation between Europe and Israel, and specifically the common goal of advancing the protection of the environment, while at the same time supporting economic and industrial advancement. This aim was shared by regulators and industry alike.