Turkish Government Urges Energy Efficiency Drive

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Energy efficiency is set to take precedence in Turkey, after the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Turkish Energy Ministry announced they were to partner in order to drive down carbon emissions.

As national newspaper Hürriyet reports, the partnership is an attempt by Turkey to unlock its green potential, which Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says will only be realised with substantial investment in energy efficiency measures.
Speaking at the 6th Energy Efficiency Conference and Fair last month, he suggested that maximising the energy efficiency market will not only alleviate climate change concerns, but bring economic benefits to the country.
Turkey has pledged to develop 30% of its total installed capacity from renewable sources by 2023, but as Yildiz touches on, in the meantime, energy supply security remains at risk – something which can be tempered by using energy more efficiently.
As he also points out, managing risk wouldn't be at a great cost financially to the country, given that energy-efficient machines pay for themselves by consuming less energy.
Discussing the efficiency efforts, he said: "We are trying to realise projects which do not harm the environment, but rather work in concert with the environment. The world is a whole, and each resource, and each energy resource is significant for the world."
The drive in the direction of energy efficiency would also go some way to achieving the country's goal of transforming into an energy hub – a shift which it hopes would see investment pour into the energy sectors.
In a blog on the Daily Sabah website, Janez Kopac and Mehmet Ekinci suggest a more concerted effort in this area may even see it achieve membership of the European Union's Energy Community; something they believe could bring significant benefits and "would create a massive win-win situation in economic, social and cultural terms".
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