ISRAEL ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FUND AT Bar-Ilan
When Bar-Ilan prepared to launch a national sustainable-energy initiative in 2019, its primary mission was the fulfillment of David Ben-Gurion’s third and final criteria for Israel’s survival, after security and water: energy independence. Yet as the full scope of the world’s climate crisis became increasingly clear, Bar-Ilan began to identify additional critical needs. The Center for Energy and Sustainability (CES), an interdisciplinary research and development enterprise launched this past year, is Bar-Ilan’s answer to the complexity and interconnectedness of the world’s environmental challenges. With more than 50 research groups drawn from Bar-Ilan’s exact, life, medical, law, engineering, and social-sciences faculties, CES harnesses the strengths of the entire University into integrated and effective solutions for the range of problems caused by climate change.