Accelerating emission reduction in Israel: Carbon pricing vs. policy standards

Ruslana Rachel Palatnik*, Ayelet Davidovitch, Volker Krey, Nathan Sussman, Keywan Riahi, Matthew Gidden

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The implementation of a carbon pricing policy to comply with GHG emission targets faces opposition in small economies. An integrated modeling exercise was carried out for Israel to assess the cost-effectiveness of GHG emission reduction options. Alternative policies in terms of carbon pricing and policy standards are evaluated. The results show that modest carbon pricing is effective. It achieves a 67% reduction in emissions, by 2050 relative to the reference year 2015, while having only a minor impact on economic growth. Policy standards currently proposed by the government will only reach a 40% emissions reduction in the same timeframe. Clean energy standards not coupled with carbon pricing may hinder efficiency but have a lesser impact on income distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101032
JournalEnergy Strategy Reviews
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • 2050 goals
  • Carbon emission reduction
  • Carbon pricing
  • Green policy standards
  • Linked bottom-up-top-down modeling
  • Renewable energy


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