Israel’s sole glass manufacturer to decrease its carbon footprint thanks to Airovation

The new MOU will see Airovation run a two-phase scale-up process, eventually leading to the first fully commercial unit that will reduce the carbon footprint and secure Phoenicia’s supply chain.

 Glass making at the Phoenicia factory in Yeruham. (photo credit: YOAV WEISS)
Glass making at the Phoenicia factory in Yeruham.
(photo credit: YOAV WEISS)

Israeli climatetech company Airovation Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Phoenicia, the sole glass manufacturer in Israel, to transform its glass production process into a carbon-friendly operation.

Airovation’s two-phase scale-up process will eventually lead to Phoenicia’s first fully commercial unit that will reduce its carbon footprint and secure its supply chain and circular economy. This will enable Phoenicia to be less dependent on imports. Additionally, the minerals not used in the production process will be distributed locally.

“By partnering with Israel’s only glass manufacturer, we have taken crucial steps to not only put our technology into action but also toward revolutionizing the glass industry in our home country."

Gil Tomer, co-founder & COO at Airovation Technologies

With its proprietary CO2 conversion technology, Airovation enables a circular economy within glass production facilities by manufacturing raw production materials out of the factory’s own emissions.

“By partnering with Israel’s only glass manufacturer, we have taken crucial steps to not only put our technology into action but also toward revolutionizing the glass industry in our home country,” Airovation Technologies co-founder and COO Gil Tomer said.

 Gil Tomer, Co-Founder & COO at Airovation Technologies; Mayor Tal Ohana; CEO of Phoenicia Michel Ben Simon; CFO of Phoenicia Avi Peer. (credit: YOAV WEISS) Gil Tomer, Co-Founder & COO at Airovation Technologies; Mayor Tal Ohana; CEO of Phoenicia Michel Ben Simon; CFO of Phoenicia Avi Peer. (credit: YOAV WEISS)

Israel is making moves toward a more climate-friendly position, he said, adding: “Just earlier this year, Israel approved its first climate bill, which aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions in the coming decades. We are seeing a real priority from the country and its business industry to adopt encouraging global carbon standards.”

A wide range of uses

Yeroham-based Phoenicia is the only company in Israel that specializes in the production of a variety of glass containers used for the beverage and food industry here and abroad, including storage containers and decorative products.

“The Phoenicia plant is one of the first manufacturing facilities in town,” Yeroham Mayor Tal Ohana said, “and we are proud of its ability to promote innovation that allows its growth and continued industrial leadership, especially in an era when we are faced with climate, supply-chain, labor and financial changes. The new collaboration with Airovation... gives me tremendous pride as mayor. By innovating not only for the sake of Israel’s future but also for the environment, we can achieve a lasting impact for the betterment of our planet.”

Earlier this month, Airovation Technologies announced a memorandum of understanding with Korea-based Kolon Industries, the latest milestone in the expanding commercial relationship between Israel and South Korea.

Airovation has also been selected to represent Israel in a delegation of the Import Institute at the renowned 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) next month in Sharm e-Sheikh.