RAMALLAH, June 4, 2012 (WAFA) – Around 66% of households in the Palestinian Territory had solar energy heaters in July of 2011 compared to 66.7% in July 2010, Monday said a press release by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the eve of World Environment Day (WED) on June 5th.
The theme of WED 2012 is the green economy, focusing on the importance of the green economy globally and its vital role in achieving sustainable development and the conservation of natural recourses by relying on green technologies that reduce pollutants and maximize production, said PCBS statement.
It indicated that 64.9% of all plant and mixed holdings in the Palestinian Territory used organic fertilizers; 34.8% used chemical fertilizers; 49.7% used agricultural pesticides; 25.1% used improved agricultural assets, and 18.4% used integrated pest management
The PCBS press release said the Ecological Effect (EF), which is the demand for natural resources by humans, of the Palestinian Territory totaled 0.46 hectares per capita, i.e., any individual living in the Palestinian Territory consumes the production of 0.46 hectares, making it the lowest EF in of the neighboring countries.
Carbon dioxide emissions for 2010 in the Palestinian Territories totaled about 1.03 tons per capita, increasing by 60% during 2008 compared with 2001. The change was attributed to the increase in the consumption of petroleum derivatives.