Summer - Autumn 2017


Assessing Turkey’s Climate Change Commitments: The Case of Turkey’s Energy Policy Emre İŞERİ and Defne GÜNAY

Climate change is increasingly recognized
worldwide as a growing threat. The UN’s
sustainable development goals and the Paris
Conference (COP 21) attest to this. Countries
confront the challenge of managing the
trade-off between energy-intensive growth
and climate change effects. In this historical
juncture, a renewable energy- based third
industrial revolution is underway. In the
post-COP 21 period, it is now imperative to
analyze the (non)-compliance of signatories
to their commitments towards climate action.
Turkey is no exception to this trend. In this
light, this paper examines the credibility of
Turkey’s compliance with its commitments at
the COP 21 with special focus on the public
attitudes in Turkey towards climate change
and the government’s (non)-adoption of
climate action as a norm in its energy strategy
documents and its energy policy practices. It
concludes that regardless of Turkey’s COP
21 commitments and public perceptions
on climate change, Turkish policy makers
prioritize availability in its energy policy to
foster economic growth.

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