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KARAVELİ: OUTCOMES OF CLIMATE COUNCIL WILL SHAPE TURKIYE’S FUTURE

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KONYA, Turkiye

Decisions to be taken following Turkiye’s first Climate Council will shape the country’s future as part of the fight against climate change, said an official with the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Turkiye’s policies geared towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and its target for net-zero emissions by 2053, Abdullah Buğrahan Karaveli, the head of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Environment at the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, pointed out the importance of timing regarding the first Climate Council.

“The Climate Council is (taking place) at a very precious time, to form the key elements to plan Turkiye’s next 30, 40, 50 years, which roadmaps should be followed, what should be done in which sector, what should not be done, what kind of method should be followed, here are all discussed,” he noted.

Mentioning that since combating climate change is directly paired with greenhouse gas reduction, with the key sectors also energy, industry, and transportation, Karaveli reminded that net-zero carbon emissions mean balancing emissions of carbon dioxide with its removal through forests as a carbon sink.

To achieve this, it is necessary to carry out significant and very high-level work in all sectors, said Karaveli, who is also head of the first session of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction commissions, (Energy, Transport and Industry).

“There have been very valuable, constructive discussions, and what should be done in line with the plans based on scientific knowledge and data is listed step by step, and with the decisions taken as a result of this council, the next 30, 40, 50 years of Turkiye will be shaped,” he said.

Turkiye’s first Climate Council kicked off on Monday to establish a roadmap in line with the Paris Agreement to reach net-zero emissions by 2053. The event will end on Friday.

Over 1,000 representatives of public institutions and universities, scientists, businesspeople, farmers, and activists attended the event.

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