Turkey: Can a country planning 80 coal-fired power plants get serious about climate change?

ClimateWire, October 9, 2015

“…Environmentalists, for their part, wanted to see Turkey set a year by which its emissions will peak, but those hopes were flatly dashed when the government released a Paris target of only cutting emissions “up to” 21 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2030. Activists quickly calculated that this will lead to Turkey’s emissions reaching 11 tons — rising as much as 116 percent — by 2030. Gürbüz tweeted that the contribution “offers nothing.”

Gürkan Kumbaroglu, incoming president of the International Association for Energy Economics who has been leading the modeling for the Turkish government’s Paris pledge, said he still hopes Turkey can be part of a global solution to climate change. But, he said, it must change its embrace of coal and remove hurdles for clean power for that to happen.

“Turkey’s renewable energy potential is much larger than European countries. From energy efficiency to wind to solar, there’s much potential to exploit in Turkey,” he said. “But right now, if you want to put solar panels on your roof, it’s a huge bureaucratic hassle. You have to get a license like you’re making a second floor of your house.”

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