Ofira Ayalon

Ofira Ayalon
Senior Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Projects
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ofira@sni.technion.ac.il

Higher Education 

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies:

 

1980-1984:  B.Sc, Faculty of Food Engineering, Technion, Haifa.

1990-1994:  M.Sc, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion, Haifa.

1995-2000:  Ph.D, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion, Haifa.

 

Post-Doctoral Studies & Sabbaticals:

 

June 2003 - September 2003: 

Post Doc. , Research associate with Prof. Willy Verstraete, Lab. Microbial Ecology and Technology Faculty Agriculture & Applied Biological Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.

June 2006 - September 2006: 

Summer Sabbatical, Research associate with Prof. Clinton J. Andrews, Director, Program in Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University, NJ: "Sustainable energy targets for New Jersey".

*June 2012- October 2012: 

Summer Sabbatical, Visiting professor with Prof. Raffaello Cossu, Head of the Environmental Engineering School. University of Padova, Italy.

 

 

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Studies: Waste Management

Studies: Waste Management

Samuel Neaman Institute's studies examine the potential for reducing waste at source, reducing waste landfilling and developing processes that make the nuisance into a resource, both in the domestic sector and in the industry and agriculture sector. Practical policies and tools at the national and local government levels are suggested.
Studies: Natural Gas and Oil

Studies: Natural Gas and Oil

Samuel Neaman Institute's studies in this field address all aspects of the use of fossil fuels and also include a number of studies carried out for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Energy to examine the environmental impacts of natural gas as a source of fuels for transportation.
Studies: Climate Change – Mitigation

Studies: Climate Change – Mitigation

Climate change attracts worldwide attention because of the environmental, economic and social implications. Samuel Neaman Institute's studies in this field include means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and their purpose is to describe and analyze emissions and provide a scientific basis for formulating national policies in various fields, including energy production, transportation, industry, construction, agriculture, water and more.
Studies: Sustainable Development

Studies: Sustainable Development

Samuel Neaman Institute's publications in the field discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from a situation of lack of resources – land, energy, water, food and raw materials in industry. The studies present analyses of the existing situation, along with the potential for efficiency improvements and innovation and the leverage of Israeli Environmental R&D, agriculture and industry.
Studies: Climate Change – Adaptation (Israeli Climate Change Information Center – ICCIC)

Studies: Climate Change – Adaptation (Israeli Climate Change Information Center – ICCIC)

In accordance with a government decision, the Ministry of Environmental Protection was tasked with preparing a national plan for Israel's adaptation for climate change. To this end, the ministry has decided to establish an Israeli knowledge center on the subject, which will work to strengthen the existing scientific knowledge in everything related to preparing for climate change in Israel and will even work to market the accumulated Israeli knowledge in other target countries.
Studies: Agriculture

Studies: Agriculture

Samuel Neaman Institute's publications examine various aspects of the field of agriculture in Israel, including the social contributions of agriculture; the possibilities for developing sustainable agriculture in conditions of scarcity; sustainable aquaculture; development and adoption of innovation and information technology in agriculture; issues in the management interface between agriculture and water, and more.
Studies: Water, Rivers and Sea

Studies: Water, Rivers and Sea

Samuel Neaman Institute's studies examine various aspects of the field of water in Israel, including the implications of the transition of the Israeli water sector from natural sources to reclaimed and desalinated water, water and agriculture, river restoration and the relationship between water, the public and the nature.
Studies: Innovation – Environmental Technologies

Studies: Innovation – Environmental Technologies

Samuel Neaman Institute's publications indicate the necessary steps for the State of Israel to utilize the potential inherent in this market - both for improving the quality of life and the environment in Israel and for the opportunity to export knowledge and technologies and create jobs in the field. The works reflect the main trends in the world, map the uniqueness and relative advantage of the Israeli economy and shed light on the barriers facing entrepreneurs, investors and industries in Israel. In addition, the policy papers detail basic principles for designing a supportive policy.
Ancillary benefit assessment of JNF forests: physical and psychological well-being, cultural services, and economic aspects

Ancillary benefit assessment of JNF forests: physical and psychological well-being, cultural services, and economic aspects

The research is conducted in collaboration with the Shamir Research Institute.The study deals with how KKL-JNF forests contribute to the mental and physical health of their visitors and provide system services in the cultural and psychological aspects. The study focuses on the current contribution and possible ways to enhance it. Another aim of the study is to examine differences between Jewish and Arab societies in Israel in the way they benefit from the forests and to make recommendations from a cross-cultural perspective. The applied aim of the study is to provide recommendations regarding the management of the KKL-JNF forestry. How the JNF can produce higher awareness of the public and of professionals in the fields of health, culture, and sports concerning the potential contribution of forests.
Studies: Transportation

Studies: Transportation

Samuel Neaman Institute's publications in the field examine, among others, the environmental impacts of the various means of transportation and the policy required to reduce them, the benefits and barriers to integrating oil substitutes in the transportation sector, including, electric transportation, waste-based and bio-ethanol fuel substitutes, and the economic benefits of transportation projects such as road tunneling and more.
Building a personal resilience through contact with nature in the times of Corona

Building a personal resilience through contact with nature in the times of Corona

The research is conducted in collaboration with the Shamir Research Institute. During the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the public in Israel has experienced various stressful events. Stressful life events often lead to psychological stress and impair health. Promoting personal resilience is therefore an essential part of adaptation in such times. The study focused on individuals' emotional state, the contribution of various determinants for explaining it, and the ways exposure to nature under the restrictions may provide some relief.
סדרי עדיפות לאומית בנושאי איכות סביבה

Studies: National Environmental Priorities

One of the functions of the Samuel Neaman Institute is to bridge the gap between academia, industry and decision-makers by making applicable, up-to-date information and research-based knowledge accessible to state institutions. The documents of national priorities compiled at the Shmuel Ne'eman Institute deal with a variety of issues that are important to raise on the public agenda.
Industrial Symbiosis in the North of Israel

Industrial Symbiosis in the North of Israel

The term "Industrial Symbiosis" describes a situation in which an industry develops a symbiosis with another industry in a beneficial way for both parties, so that the waste of one organization can serve as raw materials for the other industry. As part of a pilot initiated by the Ministry of Economy, 4s LTD. promotes the project in the North of the country, with Dr. Fortuna and prof. Ayalon as consultants.
Israel

Israel's SETI system - a series of studied by UNESCO on science, engineering, technology and innovation policy

The study was commissioned by the Israel Academy of Sciences and will be published in UNESCO's series of studies on Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) policies during 2015.
Introducing a Packaging Law in Israel - Potential and Possibilities for Application

Introducing a Packaging Law in Israel - Potential and Possibilities for Application

The research involves collection of technical, economic and administrative data, mainly from Europe, which is a leader in this field, examination of alternatives for applying packaging law under Israeli economic conditions, and recommends a preferred option.
Agriculture and the Environment

Agriculture and the Environment

A report that was submitted to the Sapir Foundation of the Mifal HaPayis Organization, addressed the need to protect rural spaces, and presented recommendations for applying "sustainable agriculture" in selected agricultural areas.
National Policy for Packaging Waste Management

National Policy for Packaging Waste Management

The aim of this research was to examine policy alternatives for sustainable management of packaging waste in Israel. The work includes the definition of packaging types, weight estimation of packaging waste produced in Israel, a survey of packaging waste treatment methods in Europe and around the world
Preparation of Israel to Post-Kyoto Discussions and GHG Emissions Reduction

Preparation of Israel to Post-Kyoto Discussions and GHG Emissions Reduction

The goal of this project was to provide the Ministry of Environmental Protection with a tool for negotiations in Israel and in the international arena after the COP 15, held on December 2009 at Copenhagen, and, in addition, a development of an operational and economic plan for GHG emission reduction
National Energy Technologies Research and Development Survey

National Energy Technologies Research and Development Survey

This survey has been recently completed by the energy and environment team at the Samuel Neaman Institute, for the National Council for Research and Development (NCRD).
Enlarging Water Supply in Israel Through Non Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction and Prevention of Sewage Leakage

Enlarging Water Supply in Israel Through Non Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction and Prevention of Sewage Leakage

The report requested by the National Inquiry Committee, aiming to investigate the water crisis in Israel. The report indicates the loss of fresh water from water distribution and leakage in the order of 64 million cubic meters per year, and leakage of sewage water of estimated 100 million cubic meters per year. The study did not include water losses by the rural sector.
Energy Efficiency in the Milking Center of Ein Harod Ihud

Energy Efficiency in the Milking Center of Ein Harod Ihud

The goal of this project was to examine means for the reduction of energy use or lowering energy costs in milking centers, and to propose measures that will include energy savings based on electricity and fuel consumption with a possible addition of solar energy, while meeting economical benefit criteria.
The effect of expiration date and label type on food waste

The effect of expiration date and label type on food waste

01 January, 2021
Food waste is a waste of water, energy, materials required for its production, and during the treatment of waste - pollutants are emitted into the water, soil and air. A study conducted by Prof. Ofira Ayalon and colleagues at the University of Haifa, found that more than half of food waste consists of edible food, some of which is due to misunderstanding of expiration labels.
Treatment of municipal solid waste in Israel

Treatment of municipal solid waste in Israel

01 January, 2021
In Israel, about six million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) are produced every year, and the vast majority is landfilled.The paper sheds light on the MSW market in Israel and presents findings regarding major barriers, strategies for removing those barriers, and value accelerators for achieving the goal set by the regulator – reducing waste landfilling.
The irrationality of the flood crisis

The irrationality of the flood crisis

18 December, 2020
Every winter we hear about the collapse of urban drainage infrastructure as a result of heavy rains, but the budget of all drainage authorities in Israel for 2020 is only NIS 55 million, while in Nahariya alone, the cost of damage in January 2020 is estimated at NIS 300 million.
Is Israel no longer drying up?

Is Israel no longer drying up?

11 July, 2017
In this article published in The Marker, Prof. Ofira Ayalon criticizes the Israeli government for its lagging attitude towards water consumption in the State of Israel. Prof. Ofira Ayalon noted data pointing the possibility of a future shortage of water in Israel, and called on the Israeli government to raise public awareness of the water problem and to invest in finding technological solutions to this problem.
Israel and Trump heat up the world

Israel and Trump heat up the world

30 January, 2017
A few hours after the inauguration of The President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, The White House issued a statement on the future attitude of the new government towards the energy sector.
Israel can benefit from climate change

Israel can benefit from climate change

28 October, 2016
Israel takes pride in its technological knowledge, and was among the first countries that signed the Treaty of Paris, but in practice - Israel's energy consumption only increases while renewable energy is not. This lack of attention will result in missed opportunities for the state of Israel.
Climate change: stop talking, start doing

Climate change: stop talking, start doing

31 May, 2016
Israel has recently signed, ceremoniously, the COP21 climate agreement in New York. But what the worth the glamorous pictures if the state of Israel actually does not invest any money in preparing for climate change?
Encouraging waste on behalf of natural gas

Encouraging waste on behalf of natural gas

16 January, 2016
In previous years, ahead of heat wave days, the Israel electric company begged we try not to activate the unnecessary electrical appliances - last heat wave the tune has changed. The reasons for this change are listed in the article
Information for the public will help reduce air pollution

Information for the public will help reduce air pollution

04 August, 2015
If information is provided to us as consumers, we can better understand the consequences of our actions and seek ways to improve our performance in order to cut costs and reduce polluting emissions.
Return to diesel fuel will cost all of us more

Return to diesel fuel will cost all of us more

31 May, 2015
Diesel fuel raise up to 6 times the price of producing electricity and causes significant damage to air quality because it is much more polluting than natural gas.
A 240 million NIS fine on the public

A 240 million NIS fine on the public

25 January, 2015
Following the Minister for Environmental Protection's initiative, Mr. Amir Peretz, to charge 0.60 ILS per plastic bag consumed at the supermarket by the public, Prof. Ayalon shows in this article the high costs and yet, the relative low benefits of this suggested law.
Oil price reductions should not make us too complacent

Oil price reductions should not make us too complacent

09 December, 2014
OPEC, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, decided last week not to reduce oil production. This means, in a world of supply and demand, falling prices. Why such decision was made?
Not to lower the price of electricity

Not to lower the price of electricity

27 October, 2014
In an era of oppressive living cost, in an era of social protest and a call from the middle class to reduce prices, Prof. Ayalon suggests and explains why a reduction in the price of electricity is a wrong decision.
Garbage bags aren

Garbage bags aren't the reason for pollution in Israel

14 September, 2014
Plastic carrier bags are a popular theme in Israel since 2007, without justification - the damage they are causing is far less significant than perceived. Legislation is also unnecessary, the use of plastic bags can be significantly reduced by education and the cooperation of retail chains.
Leveraging Climate Change

Leveraging Climate Change

26 June, 2014
Israel may be a small player in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, but it can be a significant factor in the export of knowledge and technologies related to adaptation to climate change - efficient irrigation methods, water design solutions, green building and solar technologies.
Law against plastic bags? You are populists

Law against plastic bags? You are populists

18 February, 2014
New law proposals are trying to retire the use of plastic bags, but the truth is that this is a small percentage of the total packaging waste and there are more pressing issues.
When you put the bleaching detergents  next to the cereals

When you put the bleaching detergents next to the cereals

09 February, 2014
No need to call the exterminator to get exposed to toxins. They are in the closet, in the grocery store and at the kindergarten. The writing has long been on the wall, we just need someone to read it.
Why do we need scientists if we don

Why do we need scientists if we don't listen to them?

07 January, 2014
The government raises the price of public transport and the milk carton despite of what the researchers recommend. In Europe, on contrary, a huge budget is allocated to environmental studies through Horizon 2020.
How will the Israeli gas flow?

How will the Israeli gas flow?

23 December, 2013
The state seeks to promote the establishment of two land-based facilities to absorb the gas, but residents of the selected location for the facilities object due to safety and environmental considerations. It seems that the establishment of a floating rig in the sea may solve the problem.
Waste separation: Start with institutions and factories

Waste separation: Start with institutions and factories

23 October, 2013
The state relies on the good will of the citizens to separate the wet and dry waste. Why not force the big businesses, and even the army and prisons, to start the revolution?
Garbage dreams

Garbage dreams

18 October, 2013
If one wants to deal with the problem of separating organic waste and motivate households to separate waste at the source, we need to let big businesses start the process
The black hole of the gas

The black hole of the gas

04 June, 2013
There are many questions that need essential answers. Impartial work is required in order to examine the potential and the capability of the economy to absorb the gas
Water saving in Italy

Water saving in Italy

24 July, 2012
In Italy, there is hardly any water saving awareness. Among farmers, when the cost of water is part of their production inputs, Israeli technology is used for water saving.
water conservation

water conservation

15 April, 2012
Wanted-Carbon-Diet

Wanted: Carbon Diet

27 June, 2011
Energy packaging

Energy packaging

20 February, 2011
Energy Forum No.25 - Energy in Israel - Vision of 2028

Energy Forum No.25 - Energy in Israel - Vision of 2028

06.06.2012
The Samuel Neaman Institute for national policy, as a part of the energy cluster activity, continues with the series of energy forum discussions, dedicated to issues of national priority. In the recent years, a large number of conferences and meetings had been held, with a wide scope and open to the public. Important and relevant information is often shared, usually without specific recommendations. The energy forum holds issue specific discussions, with a limited number of experts in the discussed field. Our goal is to concentrate on relevant and well defined questions, and produce a set of recommendations and action items, presented to the decision makers in the specific field.
Round Table in green growth - Third meeting

Round Table in green growth - Third meeting

09.05.2012
The third meeting of the Round Table green growth will take place on Wednesday 09/05/2012 at 16:00 Intel factory carving Mount in Jerusalem
Energy Forum No. 24 - Solar Energy in residential buildings

Energy Forum No. 24 - Solar Energy in residential buildings

20.03.2012
The Samuel Neaman Institute for national policy, as a part of the energy cluster activity, continues with the series of energy forum discussions, dedicated to issues of national priority. In the recent years, a large number of conferences and meetings had been held, with a wide scope and open to the public. Important and relevant information is often shared, usually without specific recommendations. The energy forum holds issue specific discussions, with a limited number of experts in the discussed field. Our goal is to concentrate on relevant and well defined questions, and produce a set of recommendations and action items, presented to the decision makers in the specific field.
Symposium: Universities present: Environmental education in higher education institutes

Symposium: Universities present: Environmental education in higher education institutes

12.02.2012
The Green Campus project in the Technion, promoted over the past decade by the Samuel Neaman Institute, aims to introduce and amplify environmental values to the Technion community.
Seminar: Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Israel - what we know, What should we know and what can we do?

Seminar: Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Israel - what we know, What should we know and what can we do?

05.02.2012
In the conference we will discuss several key issues on climate changes.
Environmental Responsibility Conference 2011

Environmental Responsibility Conference 2011

21.12.2011
The conference deals with issues related to reconstruction and development of the Kishon River, while examining the environmental and social involvement of the business sector in Haifa and the bay.
Energy Forum 23: Wind Energy Utilization in Israel

Energy Forum 23: Wind Energy Utilization in Israel

19.12.2011
The Samuel Neaman Institute for national policy, as a part of the energy cluster activity, continues with the series of energy forum discussions, dedicated to issues of national priority. In the recent years, a large number of conferences and meetings had been held, with a wide scope and open to the public. Important and relevant information is often shared, usually without specific recommendations. The energy forum holds issue specific discussions, with a limited number of experts in the discussed field. Our goal is to concentrate on relevant and well defined questions, and produce a set of recommendations and action items, presented to the decision makers in the specific field.
The 4th Jerusalem Conference on Environment and Nature

The 4th Jerusalem Conference on Environment and Nature

07.11.2011
The Jerusalem Conference on Environment and Nature brought together, for the fourth year first-class experts, policy makers, government officials and opinion leaders for discussion and joint examination of environmental issues and nature of central Israel.
Needs and priorities in the Haifa bay development towards a balanced prosperity

Needs and priorities in the Haifa bay development towards a balanced prosperity

07.02.2011
The workshop was aiming to focus and define the major issues for the development and prosperity of the Haifa bay area, and the correct balance between them, achieving the goal of long term planning and integration.

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29 December, 2017
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Clean energy, now cheap

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Surprise Bags

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Soon following the sun

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The Green Power

01 April, 2009
Down the Drain

Down the Drain

26 February, 2009
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