Palestinians, Europe and Israel have signed an agreement on a biogass plant process to convert carbon dioxide into energy, the European Union’s executive arm said.
The project, which was approved by the EU’s environmental protection body on Tuesday, will see a plant on the northern West Bank and Gaza Strip, which is intended to be used for agricultural purposes, and a plant in the eastern Negev Desert.
The plant will be developed by Israeli company Siftar, a subsidiary of Israeli industrial conglomerate Efrat.
The EU and Israel signed the agreement in Brussels, where the two leaders met.
The European Union and Israel also agreed to cooperate on the development of green energy projects in the region.
The new plant will convert a mixture of carbon dioxide and water from the nearby desert into electricity, according to a statement.
The agreement was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
It was signed in Brussels in response to a letter sent by the European Parliament to the EU executive arm.
The letter, which criticized EU governments for not doing more to support Palestinians, was received with approval by EU officials.
Abbas called the EU-Israel agreement a historic moment.
“We cannot allow the European and international community to continue to let the Palestinian issue go by without doing something,” he said.
He also called for “a united front” in order to bring peace to the region, referring to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.