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Turkey: The 2021 Climate Year in Review
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Turkey: The 2021 Climate Year in Review

HIGHLIGHTS Devastating Forest Fires Unusually Heavy Storms and Rain in the North Eastern Provinces Increased Use of Coal for Domestic Heating The Share of Renewable Energy in Installed Energy Capacity Reached 53% Turkish Parliament Ratified the Paris Climate Agreement   NARRATIVE 2021 has been a very challenging year for Turkey regarding the climate and emission...

Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for Turkey
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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for Turkey

Priorities Extend Renewable Energy Investment Incentives Increase Research in Improving Energy Storage Facilities Increase Support for Electric Vehicles, Charging Stations and Rail Cars End Waivers for the Enforcement of Industry Emission Standards Explore Price Controls for the Household Use of Natural Gas   Narrative Turkey joined the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2004...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for Turkey
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for Turkey

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

Centralized Emission Data Processing in Turkey
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Centralized Emission Data Processing in Turkey

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Dr. Semih Ergur   Best Organizational Source: The Climate Change and Weather Control BoardTurkey has three institutions, namely “General Directorate of Environmental Control” under the “Ministry of Environment and Urbanization” and “State Water Works and General Directorate of Meteorology”, under the “Ministry of Agriculture and...

Extreme Temperatures and Forest Fires in Turkey Reflect Climate Change
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Extreme Temperatures and Forest Fires in Turkey Reflect Climate Change

This Post is submitted by Climate Scorecard Turkey Country Manager Semih Ergur   Turkey’s land mass is an area of 770,000 km2 extending from Caucasus to Thrace situated between the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, and Mediterranean Sea with its highest altitude reaching 5150 m. Although the weather conditions vary from region to region, there are...

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...

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