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The first Environmental Performance Review for Israel took place on Tuesday and was hosted by the Environmental Protection Ministry.
Officials from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) praised Israel's environmental progress and offered suggestions for improvement. They recognized Israel as a latecomer to the environmental-protection field that bears both an increasingly dense population and water scarcity.
The report also praised the country on the growth of its clean-tech sector and its internationally competitive development of renewable energy and water technologies.
While praising Israel for the use of green taxes in the country, the report proposed more effective schemes of allotting those taxes. Heavy criticism fell on the government's inefficient implementation of much-needed environmental legislation and the fact that Israel's energy mix relies on more carbon-based sources than many other OECD countries.
The report also stressed the importance of completing and implementing this year's Clean Air Law as a future means of reducing levels of greenhouse-gas emissions.