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The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan

The Metropolitan Jerusalem Master Plan


Sustainability in Jerusalem

Progressive Trash Removal

Waste management in the metropolis will be

based on the following principles (in order

of importance): keeping it clean, decreasing

generation of waste, reuse, and recycling. In

practice, this will be expressed by giving up

trash burial almost entirely. Instead, waste

will be sorted into three groups in all homes:

compostable organic waste, paper, and other.

For this purpose, a pneumatic waste removal

system will be built. The pneumatic waste

removal system will work in a manner similar

to the manner in which fluid waste is removed

via the sewage system. In a given building or

group of buildings where a pneumatic waste

disposal system exists, each floor will have

two receptacles – one for wet waste and one

for dry waste. The waste goes through the

openings into a central system common to the

buildings and away from the neighborhood.

Once a week, waste is vacuumed through an

underground pipe leading to the central system

that recognizes the types of waste – wet or

dry – and transports them to the appropriate

treatment pipe, empties them into a container

that compacts it, and separates it from polluted

air. The pneumatic removal method is especially

suitable for historical areas and those areas

where there is tourism within the city, which are

frequently characterized by crowds and narrow

roads – especially historical areas in Jerusalem.

We propose that such a system be installed

throughout Jerusalem - first and foremost, in

historical areas and areas where there is tourism,

and later, throughout the entire city. New

neighborhoods with over 2,500 residential units

will not be allowed to be built without installing

a pneumatic waste removal system.

The pneumatic

removal method is

especially suitable for

historical areas and

those areas where

there is tourism

within the city.

From the house to the waste

removal system. Pneumatic waste

systems like the one in this picture

are especially suitable for use in

ancient, crowded urban areas.

Sustainability in Jerusalem


Renewable Energies

Today, almost all of the electricity in Israel – including that of metropolitan

Jerusalem – is created at power stations located on the coastal plain. These stations

manufacture electricity by burning coal and gas in a process that pollutes the air.

Over recent years, ways to create electricity known as "renewable energy" have

been developing. These methods are ecologically cleaner, more economical, and

cheap. The Jerusalem 5800 Plan strives to make Jerusalem a progressive city in all

ways and to integrate as many renewable energy technologies as possible, as part of

the obvious way of planning a metropolis.


Panels for electricity


Photovoltaic panels are units

that receive heat from the sun

and sunlight and convert them

into electricity. Today installing

such systems requires convoluted

bureaucracy in terms of planning

vis-à-vis the Israel Electric

Company. We propose that in

the future, the installation of

photovoltaic panels with sealing

sheets over roofs do not require any

authorization. Installation of any

other type of photovoltaic panel for

the manufacture of electricity over

rooftops or windows as shade will

be allowed within the framework of

limited work permits, in expedited

bureaucratic processes.


Home turbines

Extended areas in metropolitan

Jerusalem, such as Gush Etzion,

Binyamin, and towns on the crest,

get strong winds throughout the

year. In recent years, manufacture

of electricity using wind turbines

has been developing. In the hopes

of encouraging the use of this

technology, installation of home

wind turbines, no larger than 1.1

meters, will be allowed within the

framework of limited work permits.


Geothermal air


Geothermal air conditioning is

passive, natural air conditioning

based on air temperatures in

the ground, which at depths

of 2 meters or more, remain

permanent year-round and are 4

degrees higher than the average

temperature in the region. In

metropolitan Jerusalem, this is

between 20-22 degrees, which

is within the range for thermal

comfort in both winter and

summer. So when an amount of

air equal to the volume of that

in a given structure is pumped

through an underground tunnel,

circulating the air four times an

hour, thermal comfort temperature

can be supplied throughout the

house during all seasons. This

method enables the use of the

earth’s thermal mass in a direct

manner and with almost no energy

loss, and thus, is very effective and

economical. Use of this method

should be encouraged everywhere



Electricity manufacture

from waste

In recent years, technologies for

the manufacture of electricity from

waste have been in development.

The goal is to incorporate

metropolitan Jerusalem with

national implementation of this

technology. Waste remaining

after sorting, and waste created

on the streets, will be sent to

compact facilities where electricity

is manufactured therefrom, to

be installed on the streets instead

of trash cans. The goal is to give

up trash cans completely in the

metropolitan Jerusalem region by

the year 2050 and replace them with

facilities for the manufacture of

electricity from waste, which are to

be hooked up to the city’s electricity


Home systems

for manufacturing

electricity from trash