Our Successes

We're launching the first independent air pollution monitoring system in Israel's history
We launched nationwide citizen reporting of odor and health hazards related to oil and gas
We established the Fossil Free Israel Forum. Efforts have already divested millions of dollars to green funds
We helped create the country's first fossil fuel-free stock index
Chevron-Noble Energy was fined over NIS 7 million for emissions to air & sea
The Tamar rig operator was forced to invest 40$ million in measures that reduced emissions by 98%
Public pressure led the Ministry of Education to remove science curricula influenced to be favorable to the fossil fuel industry
Our experts now frequently attend Israel’s parliament discussions on energy and the environment
Yoni Sappir, Our CEO, was asked to join the government committee planning greenhouse gas reductions nationwide
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's all that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

Four years of facing the strongest forces of Israel’s economy and politics; years of persistence and determination, demonstrations, petitions, scientific reports, position papers and legal action. And our efforts are bearing fruit. 

Our achievements have made us one of Israel’s leading citizen organizations in the fields of energy, the environment and public health. Together, we are realizing our vision of reshaping Israel’s energy sector to be cleaner, safer and more equitable.

This is a long-term challenge. But for our sake, our children and theirs – we will not cease our efforts, which are already changing decades-old policies. 

We’re moving mountains…

OUR SUCCESSES INCLUDE:

  • We’re launching the first independent pollution monitoring system in Israel’s history, targeting pollution hotspots nationwide. The system will sample a wider range of pollutants, monitor more locations, and provide the legally admissible data needed to penalize polluters.
  • Applying our new pollution monitoring system, we found carcinogen violations near Haifa’s oil refinery even after the Ministry of Environment had closed several leaking tanks.
  • We created a citizen reporting system of odor and health hazards related to Israel’s gas and oil energy sector. (לקשר לטופס)
  • We established the Fossil Free Israel Forum, which brings together green and other social organizations and experts working to transition Israel to renewable energies. 
  • Working with the Fossil Free Israel forum, we helped bring about the country’s first fossil fuel-free stock index, featuring 112 of the biggest companies across all sectors on the TA-125 Index.                                                                                               
  • Cramim and Ofek investment houses committed to divesting from fossil fuels, thereby earning the green investor’s certificate created by the newly established Fossil Free Israel Forum. Two other companies (Migdal and Altshular Shaham) pledged to transition gradually. The forum’s efforts have already diverted millions of dollars to green funds!   
  • Chevron-Noble Energy was fined over 7 million NIS (in three separate enforcement proceedings) for severe emissions to air and sea at its Leviathan gas rig. 
  • Public pressure and civil enforcement led the Ministry of Energy to appoint an international firm to investigate the Leviathan rig’s operations. The report revealed that one of the rig breakdowns could have caused widespread fatalities. 
  • The Ministry of Environment has finally issued an emissions permit for Israel’s (southern) Tamar rig, which operated without a permit for 7.5 years! Tamar was previously Israel’s most polluting factory, emitting more carcinogens than all of Israel’s factories combined. This development means that pollution enforcement can finally be applied.                                                                                                               
  • The Tamar rig operator was forced to implement emission-reduction investments costing $40M, which decreased emissions by 98% from its 2016-2017 levels.
  • Public pressure and civil enforcement led the Ministry of Education to remove the “Energy Championship” school program influenced by Noble Energy to contain messaging favorable to the fossil fuel industry. 
  • The Ministry of Environment is expanding its monitoring system in Ashdod following nationwide activism. 
  • Following countless letters and meetings, the Ministry of Health has formulated a principled position that rejects gas-fired power plants and fracking-based energy initiatives. 
  • The media is now highly receptive to our positions. We have received crucial coverage by leading TV, newspapers, and radio channels, including platforms that formerly denied coverage or did so unfavorably.  

And what's next?

Key remaining challenges include:

  • Raising Israel’s 2030 renewable energy targets to at least 50%
  • Restraining Chevron, which has entered Noble Energy’s shoes, both environmentally and financially

We will neither rest nor be silenced until we have achieved our goals. We are confident that you will stand by us as we continue our efforts – for our joint ability to turn Israel into a life-supporting country that respects its law and public health

WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS.
ISRAEL HOME GUARDIANS IS HERE ONLY THANKS TO YOU, AND FOR YOU.

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