30 November, 2019

Scaling up climate action in Turkey


NewClimate Institute: Hanna Fekete, Frederic Hans, Takeshi Kuramochi, Niklas Höhne, Nicolas Fux

Climate Analytics: Tina Aboumahboub, Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, Michiel Schaeffer, Bill Hare, Matt Beer

Ecofys: Thibaud Lemercier, Wieke Hofsteenge, Yvonne Deng, Tom Berg, Kornelis Blok

Turkey has tremendous potential to scale up climate action, including in electricity supply, road and rail passenger transport, and residential buildings. Increasing climate action now would initiate technically-feasible sectoral transitions towards a zero-emissions society while directly benefiting Turkey’s sustainable development agenda.

This report, the fifth country assessment in the Climate Action Tracker’s Scaling Up Climate Action Series, analyses these three key areas where Turkey could accelerate its climate action.

Scaling up climate action in Turkey’s electricity supply, passenger road and rail transport, and residential buildings sectors alone can reduce economy-wide emissions by 14% below 2017 levels by 2030, reversing the current upward trend. Together, these sectors account for about 50% of Turkey’s national GHG emissions (excluding land use and forestry), which were at 526 MtCO2e in 2017.

Turkey is already overachieving its mitigation target set in its Paris Agreement pledge (“Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” or INDC) and should improve this target by 2020.

Turkey's scaled up climate action