MoEP EU-Twinning

TWINNING Project to: "Support to the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in Improving and Implementing the Environmental Regulatory and Management Framework for Industry and Business – Strengthening the Environmental Framework for SME, Resource Efficiency, Eco-Management and Audit-Scheme."

Twinning is a European Union instrument that brings together public sector experts from EU Member States and beneficiary countries. Twinning projects are financed with EU funds under the European Neighborhood Instrument.
It is a partnership between the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Austrian Environment Agency (UBA), and the Northern Ireland Cooperation Overseas (NICO). The German ministry will serve as senior partner, meaning it will have overall responsibility for the project; the Austrian and Irish agencies are junior partners.

On June 8, 2017, Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) hosted a public closure event of the Twinning project to improve the environmental regulatory framework of the Israeli industry at the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University. The two-year project has been performed in cooperation with Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, and it was funded by the European Union.

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The purpose of the second MoEP Twinning project is to support, based on EU experience:
  • The modernization and implementation of the regulatory and management framework of environmental permitting, inspection and compliance especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
  • the enhancement of the environmental management capacity in Israel;
  • the infrastructure of resource efficiency.
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Looking forward - Looking back - A brief project update

RTA Counterpart Ayelet Ben Ami and Senior Project Leader Michael Bass are looking back and forward on the Twinning project, prior to the steering committee meeting.

 Photo Credit B. Rosendahl

High-Level site visit, EU "Twinning" project with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (January 2017)

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.

Energy Efficiency Pays off - Interactive Training Workshop on the Israeli Energy Management System (EnMS)
will be carried out (March 2017)

Small and medium-size companies as well as hotels and other service providers can get more from less with a simplified Energy Management. This has been developed as an adapted and tailored approach to reduce energy consumption in organizations (EnMS).

First Odour Workshop in Israel (November 2016)

In mid-November, a Twinning mission on the German Odor Ordinance (abbreviated in German as GIRL) and its systematic approach took place. This is the first time European odor experts came to Israel to support the MoEP on odor nuisance.

Workshop about Continuous Emission Monitoring have already been successful executed (November 2016)

On November 9th, a workshop of Twinning experts on European CEM (Continuous Emission Monitoring) took place. The large workshop was meant for operators of industrial installations, regulators (like the Ministry of Environmental Protection) and test labs. It focused on European continuous emission monitoring standards and quality assurance. Goal of the workshop was to give a profound introduction into European CEM standards including hands-on examples.

Study visit in Austria (June 2016)

The first study visit of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection’s current Twinning project took place in Austria. An Israeli delegation – including representatives from the ministry and industry, and members of the Twinning team – travelled to Vienna from May 29th to June 5th. Austrian project partner, the Umweltbundesamt (Austrian Federal Environmental Agency), acted as host for the visit, which was dedicated to eco-management, risk management of SEVESO installations, hazardous waste management, and waste classification.

Launching the components

Prior to the kick-off event, component 1 and 3 of the Twinning project (IPPC) already had a few missions, including a mission with a workshop and two site visits on fuel stations (regarding vapour recovery aka stage II), led by Mr. Richard Schlachta and Mr. Heinz Baumgarten – experts from the last Twinning project who are continuing, a mission on material streams, led by Ms Anja Schwetje, and a mission on communication and visibility, led by Mr. Joerg Frauenstein, whose other expertise is soil protection. Both Ms Schwetje and Mr. Frauenstein are new to this Twinning project.

1 st Steering Committee Meeting

At the first steering committee meeting, the successful launch of the Twinning project was confirmed: There had been 6 missions, covering all 3 components, and a successful kick-off event. In all of these, experts, project leaders and other representatives from all 3 project countries (Germany, Austria and UK) participated.

The Kick-off Event

Aside from project participants, the launch was attended by representatives from the EU Delegation to Israel, and from the Israeli, German, Austrian, and UK embassies. Heads of environmental district administrations, industry representatives, and officials from other Israeli ministries were also there.

Component 1: Support to the MoEP with the development and operation of the environmental protection regulatory framework of permitting and inspection for SME

The aim is to help create and adapt regulations in different environmental fields (including permitting and inspection of businesses), and write manuals explaining the regulations. Ultimately, this will result in the creation of an IPPC system, or a "green licensing" system that will streamline existing environmental permits into one integrated system. A special focus will be put on the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), based on EU directives and best practices. The main environmental issues to be addressed in the regulatory framework:
  • Waste management, especially hazardous waste and agricultural waste
  • Hazardous substances management
  • Soil and water protection
  • Air pollution control
  • Specific permitting and inspection requirements for SMEs
  • Environmental management practices in industry and business
  • Environmental reporting requirements

Progress in component 1:

( About: Interim progress results, Twinning Experts Help Calm Concerns about Planned Plant in North, Emissions Inventory)

Component 2: Eco Management and Audit Scheme

The aim of this component is to introduce Israelis to different environmental management systems, in order to design a system that is appropriate for Israel. The types of systems that will be introduced are:
  • EMAS: The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and organizations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance. EMAS is open to every organization in every economic and service sector in the world interested in improving its environmental performance. More about EMAS.
  • EMAS Global: In order to strengthen the outreach of EMAS, three new registration modes are available, two of them with a transboundary scope, affecting any country in the world. More about EMAS GLOBAL.
  • ISO 14001: ISO 140001 sets criteria and standards for environmental management systems. It does not state specific requirements for environmental performance, as those are dependent on which aspects the organization has identified as aspects it can control or influence. Instead it maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. More about ISO 14001.

Progress in component 2:

During a recent workshop concerning Environmental Management Systems, presentations by Dr. Rainer Feld (British Standard Institute) and Ms Monika Brom (Environmental Protection Agency UBA, Vienna) introduced the implementation of Environmental Management Systems in UK, Germany and in Austria.

Component 3: Promoting Resource Efficiency

This component involves the development of a national policy and a roadmap for resource efficiency. It will take into account the cross-sectorial dimension of resource efficiency.
The following emphases are comprised in the project:
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Analysis of municipal waste management in Israel with the aim to improve the database of material streams ;
  • material efficiency in enterprises and installations with strengthen of the Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre.

Progress in component 3:

Energy Efficiency Pays off - Interactive Training Workshop on the Israeli Energy Management System (EnMS) will be carried out in March 2017

Management of Municipal Solid Waste

Successful realization of the stakeholders workshop on recourse efficiency

Successful realization of the stakeholders workshop on recourse efficiency

Twinning Office:
Ministry of Environmental Protection,
125, Menachem Begin St., 11th floor
Tel Aviv 67012

Resident Twinning Advisor RTA Introduction
Gabriele Schramm
office:   +972 3 763 4522
mobil:   +972 58 7082708

EU Twinning Project-RTAA's RTA Introduction

Benjamin Rosendahl
office:   +972 3 763 4409
mobil:   +972 50 576 3043

Marc Hermann-Cohen
office:  +972- 3 763 4512
mobil:  +972-587278442

project team

 Public Available Documents and Presentations

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