Turkey's environment minister on UN conference on climate change

Eroglu said that Turkey asked to benefit from the support provided for other countries which have the same greenhouse gas emission profiles as Turkey's.

Turkey's environment minister on UN conference on climate change

Turkey's environment minister said Tuesday that larger emitters of greenhouse gases should do more about efforts for financing and technology transfer to help achieve less emission.

Veysel Eroglu appeared at a press conference in Ankara to give information about a UN conference on climate change he took part last week in Cancun, Mexico.

The 194-nation conference adopted a climate deal which creates a fund, the Green Climate Fund, to help the developing world go green.

Eroglu said that EU, Japan and United States pledged $100 billion by 2020 to support the fund. He said Turkey was exempt from obligations for financial and technological assistance as its share in global greenhouse gas emissions was only 0.04 percent.

"Our major demand was the consideration of national and regional conditions, mainly economic and social issues, in long-term efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Eroglu said.

"Turkey is growing quickly. Annual average rise in our need for energy is around 7 percent. It is normal for a developing country to face such a rise in energy need in the long-term. So, it would not be realistic for our country to be given an emission reduction target based on any year ahead. We made a presentation which lays bare our generic conditions," he said.

Eroglu also said that Turkey asked to benefit from the support provided for other countries which have the same greenhouse gas emission profiles as Turkey's. He said Turkey's demand was accepted.


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