Turkey Lands World Bank's First Smart Grid

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Although Smart Grids (electric networks based on renewable energy) are going up in the US and Europe, the World Bank is only now investing in green energy technology with a program in Turkey.

At the end of May, the Bank announced it is investing $600 million in developing renewable sources such as biomass, hydro, wind and geothermal. Funding is being channeled through banks, which will loan cash to private entrepreneurs to give the market a boost.

Banks will also give loans to business that want to become more energy efficient. The Turkish program is the first project of the Bank’s Climate Technology Fund, which is bankrolled by several countries.

Turkey seems ripe for the occasion, with a budding eco-construction sector and recent pledges to save its coast from runaway development.

turkey-flagAnd it needs it; according to the World Bank, Turkey’s greenhouse gas emissions are growing at some of the highest rates in the world. The energy sector contributes 77 percent of these emissions. For a user-friendly slideshow of Turkey’s energy plans, visit here.

In an interview published at the Earth2Tech blog, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Kathy Sierra said that Turkey is “one of the leaders among developing countries creating clean power and energy efficiency projects, and said Turkey is acting aggressively on climate change in order to help it meet requirements to join the European Union.”

(Photos from World Bank)

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9 thoughts on “Turkey Lands World Bank's First Smart Grid”

  1. ethemcan says:

    To say and report that “Turkey is acting aggresively on climate change” is an overrstatement if not a conscious mistake. Turkey, as an Annex-1 country who only ratified Kyoto Protocol in February 2009 and became a party by August 2009, doesn't have any commitments so far. This situation became crystal clear with Turkish government refusing to take even any voluntary pledges in Copenhagen. Turkey has the highest GHG growth rate in the world with a %119 change in its GHG levels by 2009 with respect to 1990 levels. Turkey needs to invest in clean technologies, not promote false solutions like nuclear or the cause of the problem, coal for its development aspiration.

  2. ethemcan says:

    To say and report that “Turkey is acting aggresively on climate change” is an overrstatement if not a conscious mistake. Turkey, as an Annex-1 country who only ratified Kyoto Protocol in February 2009 and became a party by August 2009, doesn't have any commitments so far. This situation became crystal clear with Turkish government refusing to take even any voluntary pledges in Copenhagen. Turkey has the highest GHG growth rate in the world with a %119 change in its GHG levels by 2009 with respect to 1990 levels. Turkey needs to invest in clean technologies, not promote false solutions like nuclear or the cause of the problem, coal for its development aspiration.

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