World Bulletin / News Desk
The 5th Energy Efficiency Forum and Fair, organized by the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, began in Istanbul on Wednesday.
In a keynote speech, Yusuf Yazar, head of the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry's Energy Efficiency Directorate General, said increasing energy supply security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating economic benefit were Turkey's top energy efficiency priorities.
Yazar said Turkey had legislated its Energy Efficiency Code in 2007 with an eye to achieve those goals, underscoring that Turkey could save 13.5 billion euros, which corresponds to 16.5 million tons of petrol, from the manufacturing, transportation and construction sectors alone if necessary measures are taken to boost energy efficiency.
"14 percent of annual energy consumption could be saved each year," added Yazar.
All types of RES present in Turkey
Turkey has a very exciting future as it possesses almost all types of renewable energy sources (RES), said Energy Charter Senior Expert Gabriela Prata Dias, who is on duty to examine Turkey's energy situation and prepare policy recommendations.
Reminding that Turkey ratified the Energy Charter in 2001, Dias noted that Turkey must focus on reducing its fossil fuel dependency, which she said was around 79 percent.
"Ensuring maximum use of RES and energy efficiency are two Turkish goals, and we recognize their importance."
The 5th Energy Efficiency Forum and Fair is organized as part of 33rd Energy Efficiency Week activities with the participation of various domestic producers, foreign attendees and sector professionals.
The forum will last through January 11 at Istanbul's Wow Convention Center.Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2014, 09:40