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With the highest carbon content of all the fossil fuels, burning coal contributes to high greenhouse gas emissions and is thus one of the main drivers of climate change. In 2016, 25 coal power plants are in operation in Turkey, and around 70 new coal power plants are planned in line with the country’s 2023 energy vision.

 

TERMIK SARISEKI KY 9870Local communities, national NGOs, environmental lawyers, medical associates and archeological experts in Turkey work together and make a stand to coal infrastructure projects. Thanks to their resistance, almost half of the first round projects have been cancelled and some of the planned projects risk to fail.

Having more than 70 new coal power plants by 2023 would add 200 million tons of CO2 emissions, on top of 68.7 million tons in 2012, which would make Turkey one of the world’s major emitters and a ticking climate bomb right next to the EU. An emerging economy cannot afford a lock-in into a high carbon energy source like coal.

The industrial pollutants released into the environment when mining and burning coal, such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, dust particles and mercury, are detrimental to human health. These pollutants contaminate our soils, our air, our water streams, our fish and ourselves. In every way, coal is one of the dirtiest and most problematic forms of energy.

Turkey is a rapidly emerging market and does not need to be reliant on coal to maintain its development. The coal age is over, and Turkey should be a part of the global energy revolution. There are already many good examples of modern, efficient, flexible, decentralized, community-based, environmentally-friendly energy systems and affordable technologies that Turkey can use to develop in a sustainable way.

There are already many good examples of modern, efficient, flexible, decentralized, community-based, environmentally-friendly energy systems and affordable technologies that Turkey can use to develop in a sustainable way.

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Turkey's woefully inefficient INDC 

Turkey submitted its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) in September 2015, just a couple of months before hosting the G20 Summit in Antalya. Read More 

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CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe 

CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system. Read More 

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Local coal testimonies and resistance from Turkey 

Local communities who live in the regions where there are existing and planned new coal power plant projects face serious risks. These risks include chronic respiratory diseases, water and soil contamination, being dependent on unsustainable and insecure jobs in coal infrastructures, displacement, losing high quality arable lands to coal. Local communities under coal risks resist to projects in their regions. Witness some of the resistance stories below. Read More

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Useful Turkey Resources

Here you find a range of useful external Turkey climate & energy resources. Read More

Contact

ELIF

Elif Gunduzyeli in Istanbul
Turkey Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
elif /at/ caneurope.org

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