Green production: Turkey to enact green organized industrial zones
Turkey aims to establish green industrial zones and generalized industrial regions as part of its historic action plan just released, among the steps the nation is taking to become part of the European Union’s Green Deal.
The action plan, released on Friday by the Ministry of Commerce, includes 32 goals and 81 actions in nine categories to fuel Turkey’s transition to a more sustainable and greener economy, in line with the goal of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
The nation seeks to ensure a green transformation of industry and the development of a cyclical economy. It aims to complete studies on organized green industrial zones (ZIOs) and industrial regions and to implement an associated certification system.
Priority sectors will be determined within the framework of the cyclical economy, followed by detailed impact analysis studies and needs to be carried out for the sectors. These will be followed by a National Action Plan for the Cyclical Economy which will be prepared to define technical criteria for the use of secondary products and materials recovered.
The action plan also includes the dissemination of an environmental labeling system, which will also involve new criteria.
The government is seeking to update legislation on clean production in the textile and leather industries, where water consumption is high. In addition, OIZ pilot applications will be offered to test the applicability of the specified techniques. Industries will also benefit from extensive training in these areas.
Businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be informed about environmental labels and waste management issues in order to increase their level of awareness.
The plan also includes the establishment of a national life cycle database that reflects conditions based on raw materials, processes and emissions to assess the environmental impact of manufactured products and services.
The nation will also step up efforts for technologies that will support green production. To this end, a working group will be set up, comprising universities, public research centers and institutes, representatives of potential technology manufacturers and developers, academics and representatives of public institutions.
The research will include proposals for support, while incentives for green technologies will be prepared. Research and development (R&D) projects on green technologies will aim to contribute to the establishment of a green transformation infrastructure.
Among other things, in addition to maintaining and improving the competitiveness of exports, Turkey also aims to help deepen its integration with the EU through the existing customs union.
Turkey attaches importance to the action plan as part of strengthening the integration it offers to global supply chains and to attract green investments to Turkey.
It set up a European Green Deal working group to carry out the objectives and actions of the action plan with the private sector and all relevant stakeholders.
European Green Agreement
The agreement, which is a set of policies aimed at making the continent the first climate neutral continent by 2050, was initiated by the European Commission in accordance with the Paris climate agreement of 2015. Last Wednesday, the Commission European Union adopted the Green Deal package.
According to the commission, the bloc “aims to make the EU’s climate, energy, transport and fiscal policies capable of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% of by 2030, compared to 1990 levels “.
Reducing emissions, creating jobs and growth, tackling energy poverty, reducing external energy dependence and improving health and well-being are some of the highlights of the Europe target.
As climate change is considered “the greatest challenge of our time”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2019 said the Green Deal would be “man’s moment on the moon. “of the continent, praising its objective of making Europe the first climate. -neutral continent.
Experts say the deal is not about carbon dioxide emissions, but rather the greening of all production so as not to harm nature.
As the deal has the potential to revolutionize world trade, Turkey’s Green Accord action plan and the establishment of a working group are seen as important steps in adjusting to this situation.