February. Haifa is the first city in Israel to have signed the Paris Agreement, which allows cities to set even more ambitious goals than those set by their countries, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.
By signing the treaty, Mayor Einat Kalisch Rotem recognizes the state of emergency arising from the climate crisis and the urgency of placing climate considerations at the center of the decision-making processes regarding urban development, and is committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level.
Haifa's adoption of the climate agreement will allow it to facilitate an urban action plan. In the coming months, the Municipality will map the threats arising from climate changes that characterize the city, and set up operational proposals to reduce those through a special steering committee. The plan will deal with preparedness for climate change scenarios such as fires, flooding, extreme weather events, urban heat island and rising sea level. In addition, the program will deal with various means of promoting sustainable energy and reducing municipal emissions, for example by green construction, switching to electric transportation and waste treatment.