Renewable energy sources in Turkey for climate change mitigation and energy sustainability


RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, vol.16, no.7, pp.5199-5206, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rser.2012.05.026
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.5199-5206
  • Keywords: Energy issues, Renewable energy, Sustainable development, Turkey, WIND ENERGY, GEOTHERMAL-ENERGY, HYDROPOWER, POLICIES, BIOMASS, POWER
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey, there is a much more potential for renewables, but represent about 37% of total energy production and 10% of total energy consumption. This share is not enough for the country and the governments should be increase to this situation. Renewable energy technologies of wind, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, solar thermal and photovoltaics are finally showing maturity and the ultimate promise of cost competitiveness. With respect to global environmental issues, Turkey's carbon dioxide emissions have grown along with its energy consumption. States have played a leading role in protecting the environment by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. In this regard, renewable energy resources appear to be the one of the most efficient and effective solutions for clean and sustainable energy development in Turkey. Turkey's geographical location has several advantages for extensive use of most of these renewable energy sources. Certain policy interventions could have a dramatic impact on shaping the relationship between geological, geographic and climatic conditions and energy production. This study shows that there is enough renewable energy potential in Turkey for fuels and electricity. Especially hydropower and biomass are very well. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.