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Turkey Moves to Construct it’s First Nuclear Power Plants
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Turkey Moves to Construct it’s First Nuclear Power Plants

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Semih Ergur The installed capacity of electricity generation industry in Turkey—utilizing all kinds of sources—is around 95000 MW. Of this capacity, 27% is Combined Cycle Natural Gas Power Plants (CCNG PP), 21% is coal fired power plants, 32% is hydro, 10% wind, 8% solar, and...

Turkey: Lack of 2030 and 2050 Emissions Reduction Plans and a Fossil Fuel Centered COVID Economic Recovery Plan
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Turkey: Lack of 2030 and 2050 Emissions Reduction Plans and a Fossil Fuel Centered COVID Economic Recovery Plan

This post was submitted by Turkey Country Manager Barış Can Sever Turkey lacks a plan for reducing 2030 and 2050 emissions levels. It has signed but not yet ratified the Paris Agreement. Its NDC pledge is 21% below current Business as Usual levels. There is an absence of any climate action plans for reducing emissions...

Turkey Has Not Yet Made a Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gases By a Certain Percentage By 2030
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Turkey Has Not Yet Made a Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gases By a Certain Percentage By 2030

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Nemanja Bozovic Current level of greenhouse gas emissions In 2019, the Republic of Turkey emitted 506.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, which represented an increase of 130.5% over 1990 levels according to the Turkish government statistical agency TURKSTAT (Figure 1). However, there was a decrease...

Best Climate Practice Turkey: Yeşil Düşünce Derneği (Green Thought Association)
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Best Climate Practice Turkey: Yeşil Düşünce Derneği (Green Thought Association)

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Barış Can Sever   One of the best climate practices implemented by a local NGO in Turkey was to support and train young people in working in renewable energy areas and fostering renewable energy initiatives and cooperatives. Green Thought Association conducted a project like this...

Turkey’s Feed-In Tariff System of the Renewable Energy Sources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM)
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Turkey’s Feed-In Tariff System of the Renewable Energy Sources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM)

By Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Barış Can Sever One of Turkey’s best practices in renewable energy production is the feed-in tariff system of the Renewable Energy Sources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM). However, while the mechanism aims to accelerate investments in renewable energy production, it contains several controversial aspects in its approach and implementation. Before revealing...

Turkey Needs to Develop a Multi-Sector Decarbonization Plan Among Other Climate Policies
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Turkey Needs to Develop a Multi-Sector Decarbonization Plan Among Other Climate Policies

Policy Recommendation 1: Current Incentives and Plans for Coal-Based Power Plants Should be Decreased and Eventually Abandoned Policy Recommendation 2: The Production and Use of renewable Energy Should be Supported The energy sector is responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Turkey. Given that many of Turkey’s emissions stem from the...

Turkey’s Electricity Consumption was 272.53 Terawatt hours (TWh) in 2018, a 443.65% increase over 1990 levels (Source: IEA)
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Turkey’s Electricity Consumption was 272.53 Terawatt hours (TWh) in 2018, a 443.65% increase over 1990 levels (Source: IEA)

Since 1990, Turkey’s electricity consumption has steadily increased with period decreases in 2001 and 2010. The country consumed 50.13 Terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 1990 and 272.53 TWh in 2018. This thirty-year trend represents a 443.65% increase in electricity consumption throughout Turkey. From largest to smallest share in Gigawatt hours (GWh), Turkey’s electricity sources...

190% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Turkey Since 1990
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190% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Turkey Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels: 374.13 Megatons in 2018, a 190.56% increase over 1990 levels (Source: IEA) Current greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in Turkey have been exacerbated by emissions from coal, oil, and gas industries (161.0 Mt, 115 Mt, and 93 Mt respectively). GHG emissions are mainly composed of CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide...

A New Green Infrastructure Policy in Turkey Will Stimulate the Creation of Green Jobs
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A New Green Infrastructure Policy in Turkey Will Stimulate the Creation of Green Jobs

In the 2012 Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, sectors closely related to environmental sustainability are listed as agriculture, forestry, fishing, renewable energy, resource intensive production, recycling, construction and transportation. Turkey’s presentation at this Conference introduced its approach to green jobs. It identified the following sectors for creating green jobs: power generation from waste heat, water and...

There is A Need to Organize an Effective Opposition for Climate Justice in Turkey
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There is A Need to Organize an Effective Opposition for Climate Justice in Turkey

The concept of climate justice is quite new to social movements in Turkey. There are many demographic segments in the country that are vulnerable and are affected by ecological destruction and the climate crisis. These vulnerable communities also take longer and are more difficult to recover from environmental damages. For example, in the most recent...

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