Israel to add 15GW of solar capacity by 2030

first_imgIsrael to add 15GW of solar capacity by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Israel’s cabinet has approved a plan submitted by energy minister Yuval Steinitz to deploy around 15 GW more solar capacity to help raise the 2030 target for the proportion of national electricity drawn from renewables from 17% to 30%.An intermediate target of 20% has been set for 2025, and by the end of 2024 the overall target may be updated.“This decision will radically change the energy mix of the Israeli economy and position the country as one of the leading Western countries in solar energy production, at the expense of power plants operating on natural gas and diesel,” the Ministry of Energy stated.The plan will be financed through a slight increase in power tariffs, which the government estimates between 2 and 3%. “The plan will in the future lead to a reduction in energy costs, while promoting a reliable, efficient and sustainable energy economy,” it further explained.Israel had around 1.19 GW of solar capacity at the end of last year, according to International Renewable Energy Agency figures. Developers deployed around 120 MW of solar in Israel last year.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Israeli government greenlights plan to add 15 GW of solar by 2030last_img read more

Sanja Cikopan Korotaj, Pula Tourist Board: By the end of the year, we anticipate 2 million overnight stays

first_imgPula is July 30th. In 2017, it recorded its first millionth overnight stay, which is ten days earlier than last year, or 28 days earlier than in 2012.So it is in Pula until 31.07. 212.932 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 24% more than last year, and 1.024.381 overnight stays with an increase of 25%, while in the first six months of this year in Pula there were as many as 30% more arrivals and 35% more overnight stays compared to same period last year. Year after year, Pula breaks the records of overnight stays and attendance and becomes an increasingly important place on the tourist map of the world. As a city with over a thousand events a year, Pula is aware that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. And the content is more and more from year to year, from various events, concerts, and a lot is invested in the development of new tourist products.The successful positioning of Pula, not only as a holiday destination, but also contributes to the excellent numbers City break destinations, believes Cinkopan Korotaj and adds that Pula was a candidate for the Most Successful City break destination. “The fact that a million overnight stays this year were recorded 10 days earlier than last year, with the fact that we had a record 1,8 million overnight stays last year, is optimistic. For one Pula that has been a strong industrial and military center for years, these are remarkable numbers. Pula continues to develop not only as a holiday destination but also as a City break destination and has applied for the most successful City break destination. An increasing number of events throughout the year, an increasing offer of various cultural and entertainment facilities as well as a growing number of accommodation facilities in the city center and other offers support this candidacy.”Points out Cinkopan Korota.The new Pula mega-rotor has become a water-light installation and a new attractionThe fact that Pula is connected to a large number of European cities by the airport, which is connected to a large number of European cities, also contributes to the great tourist results. Thus, in June, Pula Airport recorded 94.603 passengers (arriving and departing) and 1.418 air operations, which represents a growth of 40 percent. After three extremely successful airlines connecting London with Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, British Airways has launched the fourth direct flight connecting Pula with Heathrow Airport in London. As of this season, Pula is so connected with the entire big European quartet, which, in addition to London Heathrow, also includes Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.In 2016, Pula recorded a record 1,8 million overnight stays, and 2 million overnight stays are expected by the end of the year. As the director of the Pula Tourist Board, Sanja Cinkopan Korotaj, pointed out, Germans are on the rise this season by as much as 47% more overnight stays, and Austrians, Slovenes, Italians and Britons are also recording a large increase compared to last year.Excellent tourist results in the first seven months are expected in the off-season, when it is planned to organize various sports and festival events. “In Pula, we are more than satisfied with the numbers so far, but we also have a great post-season ahead of us. We start at the end of August and the beginning of September with the festivals Dimension and Outlook, Croatia bike week, and we continue with the sporting event Ironman 8 9. and the first and largest in Croatia festival of light Visualia 70.3.-17.9. As part of Visualia, there will also be a 21 km night race Pula X-ica. All of the above, but also many other smaller sports, recreational and cultural-entertaining events, lead to a good post-season in Pula. ” concluded Cinkopan Korotaj.last_img read more

FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer’s governing body told Reuters yesterday.Victor Montagliani said that the international calendar and the transfer system were among the priorities for the football stakeholders committee, which brings together representatives of the players, clubs and leagues.The current match calendar runs until 2024 and allows for around eight to 10 international matches per year in addition to major tournaments such as the World Cup, European championship and Copa America.Top players can easily play 60 to 70 matches in a season for their clubs and national teams.“It’s a pretty busy match calendar, so we need to take care of the players, all of us, because at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all here for,” said Montagliani, who is also president of CONCACAF.“The FIFA staff have started collecting data in terms of people’s opinions … they have started to talk to coaches, they have talked to players, they have talked to all the stakeholders.”The new committee, which met for the first time yesterday, was set up after soccer’s governing body FIFA was engulfed by a series of corruption scandals.Its members include former international players Cafu and Edwin van der Sar, AS Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert and Philippe Piat, head of the world players’ union FIFPro.The committee’s role includes advising the FIFA Council on “all matters relating to football, particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters.”Relations between FIFPro and the clubs have sometimes been tense, with the union regularly complaining of clubs who do not respect players’ contracts.In 2015, FIFPro made a legal complaint at the European Commission against the transfer system which it said was fundamentally flawed.However, Montagliani said there was a positive mood at the meeting.“Everybody understands that if people are coming to the committee with a zero sum game mentality, nobody is going to win,” he said.“The game needs to be better so if the game gets better, everyone will win.“I thought it was very good, very positive and the right attitude was there.”last_img read more