In 2021, PLANETech, a non-profit climate tech innovation community and the Israel Innovation Authority – an established government agency – collaborated in the very first nation-wide evaluation of any country’s climate tech ecosystem, culminating in the writing of the first “Israel’s State of Climate Tech” report.
This report had multiplying effects, not only documenting the existing ecosystem, but also forging a climate tech identity for Israeli entrepreneurs and motivating the various players that collaboratively promote and drive innovation, towards developing and accelerating Israeli climate tech.
The same year, the Israeli government undertook to globally promote Israel’s climate tech capabilities, building upon its designation as a “Startup Nation” to fulfill the role of “Climate Tech Nation”, and endorsing Israel as “The Climate of Innovation”,1The motto of Israel’s first ever pavilion at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, 2022. a hub for the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.
Our previous “State of Climate Tech” annual reports, published in 2021 and 2022, provided an overview of Israel’s climate tech innovation ecosystem. The reports mapped the companies that are developing mitigation and adaptation technologies, monitored their funding, analyzed the growth of the Israeli climate-tech ecosystem over recent years, and portrayed the ecosystem’s evolvement in the context of global climate-tech development – thereby delineating the ongoing pathway to becoming a “Climate Tech Nation”.
As presented in the reports, Israel possesses the capability and the potential to contribute substantially to global efforts against climate change. Increased propagation, adoption and deployment of Israeli climate technologies, both nationally and globally, would further increase Israel’s internal and global contribution to emission reduction commitments and adaptation solutions.
This current 2023 report continues the tradition of providing the most up-to-date depiction of the Israeli climate tech ecosystem. We also initiate the first analysis of Israeli climate-tech innovations’ global deployment, a first step in assessing Israel’s global impact on both mitigation and adaptation across sectors, geographies, natural ecosystems, and populations, and assessing the realization of Israel as a Climate Tech Nation.
At the time of this report’s publication, the Israel high-tech sector is adapting to the current security situation and its implications. Among the significant factors contributing to the strength and accomplishments of Israel’s innovation ecosystem is its flexibility and agility. This, together with the cohesiveness of the ecosystem, ensures that the local high-tech sector is forging ahead, even under these circumstances. In particular, Israeli climate-tech, with its dual missions of planetary and economic prosperity, continues to actively advance both these missions along its global value chain, despite any transient challenges that arise.
PLANETech is a nonprofit climate tech innovation community – a joint venture of the Israel Innovation Institute and Consensus Business Group. PLANETech aims to lead the Israeli and global climate tech ecosystem in tackling climate change via a combination of approaches. This is done by modifying business focus and technologies towards climate change challenges, supporting the deployment and implementation of innovative climate technologies, and by building a global network for climate tech innovators while promoting Israel as a world center for climate change technologies.
The Israel Innovation Authority, an independent publicly funded agency, was created to provide a variety of practical tools and funding platforms aimed at effectively addressing the dynamic and changing needs of the Israeli Tech hub. Its target audience includes early-stage entrepreneurs, mature companies developing new products or manufacturing processes, academic groups seeking to transfer their ideas to the market, global corporations interested in collaborating with Israeli technology, Israeli companies seeking new markets abroad, and traditional factories and plants seeking to incorporate innovative and advanced manufacturing into their businesses.
The report was written by
Dr. Tamar Moise of PLANETech and Dr. Hagit Schwimmer of the Israel Innovation Authority.
Special thanks to all team members for their contribution in bringing this report to fruition – Noam Sonnenberg, Adi Graison, Liz Betsis, Talya Herring, Gal Sharon, Deborah Kreis, Shani Zanescu,
Hanan Brand, Noa Yaffe, Noga Carmin and Maayan Bohak.