Turkey drops six places to 47th and rates as a low-performing country in this year’s CCPI. Like last year, the country receives a low rating in the GHG Emissions and Energy Use categories. Turkey receives a high in Renewable Energy and a very low in Climate Policy.
Paris Agreement ratification is a good step, but there is a lack in climate action transparency
Turkey ratified the Paris Agreement in 2021 and announced 2053 as its net-zero target date. Its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is planned for an update before COP27 held in Egypt. While these announcements are promising, concrete action has yet to be taken. Several ministries are working around the 2053 net-zero emission vision, but there are no declarations, milestones, or pathways towards this target.
While the CCPI experts welcome the Paris Agreement ratification, they note that Turkey lacks transparency in its NDC target discussion and climate action.
Government allows mining in olive groves for electricity production
Turkey recently loosened a law protecting olive groves in Turkey since 1993, known as the “Olive Law,” which allows no harming facilities within 3 km of olive groves. With a new regulation approved on May 1, 2022, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources can allow mining in olive groves for electricity production.
- Özgür Gürbüz (Ekosfer Association)