The Finance Committee of the Knesset earlier in the week refused to consider a reform of ecological fuel prepared by the ministries of Finance and energy, adopted it unanimously after the settlement of the coalition crisis.
The aim of the reform was the transition to public transportation and industry from oil, fuel oil and diesel fuel to more environmentally friendly fuels.
The reform abolished the refund of excise duty on diesel fuel for industry (especially for public transport), increased excise taxes on petroleum coke (used for production of cement) and coal (deferred to March 2019).
The excise tax on compressed natural gas will be operational from 2024, with the condition that the market will operate for at least 25 gas stations.
In parallel approved the allocation of 100 million shekels to subsidize the establishment of gas filling stations, tax breaks for the connection of the industrial plants and gas stations to pipelines, tax incentives for public transport companies are adopting liquefied natural gas.
30 million shekels allocated for grants to buy taxis with hybrid engines.