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Israel Approves $225 Million to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The solar tower of Israel's Ashalim power station, surrounded by solar panels, in the Negev desert. 

The solar tower of Israel's Ashalim power station, surrounded by solar panels, in the Negev desert. 

Photographer: Emmanuel Dunnand/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s cabinet approved a plan to improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions during the coming decade.

The 725-million shekel ($225 million) program, approved Sunday ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change starting next week, will include grants for improving energy efficiency in the industrial, commercial and public sectors; the mapping of potential rooftops for solar energy production; and investment in sustainable energy projects.