World Bulletin / News Desk
Energy Minister Taner Yıldız on Thursday said his ministry expects Turkey to use 20 percent less energy than it currently uses by 2023 by more efficiently utilizing available energy resources.
Yıldız was speaking at the 2nd National Energy Effectiveness Forum in İstanbul. He noted that efforts to save energy over time should be supported by every segment of society. “If we can use our energy resources more efficiently, we will be able to save around 20 percent of the energy we currently consume by 2023,” Yıldız said.
The Turkish energy minister also noted that consensus is required with nongovernmental organizations on how Turkey could save energy.
“We do not mind when they [NGOs] are against the construction of nuclear power plants and hydroelectric power plants. But I would like see them support our efforts to save energy over time by using our energy resources more efficiently,” Yıldız said. “I am strongly for forming consensus about energy efficiency with the various NGOs in Turkey. The ministry therefore expects the NGOs to also design new strategies to reduce Turkey's energy consumption.”
He said several previous investments concerning increasing energy efficiency have paid off their initial investment in approximately one-and-a-half years, while the financing of these investments was not very difficult. “I hereby call on the private sector to speed up its investments in this field. We do not want to import this technology,” Yıldız said.
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) President Nüket Yetiş underlined that Turkey has the required ability to utilize its own energy resources.
She noted that Turkey is rich in terms of raw materials and energy resources but should focus more on “how” to use these resources. “The most crucial point here is that we [Turkey] can produce and use [the resources] through our own capabilities. It is not possible to compete with the world if we use someone else's knowledge,” she said.
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