Clean energy for future energy policy in Turkey

Ibrahim Yuksel, Hasan Arman, Ibrahim Halil Demirel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)


Turkey is an energy importing country; more than half of the energy requirement has been supplied by imports. Oil has the biggest share in total primary energy consumption. Due to the diversification efforts of energy sources, use of natural gas that was newly introduced into Turkish economy, has been growing rapidly. Turkey has large reserves of coal, particularly of lignite. In the last decade the proven lignite reserves are 8.0 billion tons. The burning of fossil fuels emits greenhouse gases (GHGs), especially CO2, possibly causing climate change. Environmentally friendly energy development has enormous implications for developing countries as major emitters due to their rapid economic and population growth. With some possible options, the paper concludes that the reduction of emissions can only be achieved when policies are supportive and well targeted, standards and incentives are realistic and flexible, and the public is actively responsive to environmental degradation. Turkey's high rate of energy-related carbon emissions growth is expected to accelerate, with emissions climbing from 57 million tons in 2000 to almost 210 million tons in 2020. Carbon intensity in Turkey is higher than the western developed nation average. Energy-intensive, inefficient industries remain under government control with soft budged constraints, contributing to undisciplined energy use in Turkey. This paper deals with clean energy for future energy policy in Turkey.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Renewable Energy
Subtitle of host publicationGeneration and Application, ICREGA 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538622513
Publication statusPublished - Apr 12 2018
Event5th International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and Application, ICREGA 2018 - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Feb 26 2018Feb 28 2018

Publication series

Name5th International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and Application, ICREGA 2018


Other5th International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and Application, ICREGA 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAl Ain


  • Turkey
  • clean energy
  • energy demand
  • energy generation
  • energy policy
  • energy supply

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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