Türkiye doubles its target to reduce carbon emissions
The country’s environment minister announced on Tuesday that it has nearly doubled the key metric of its nationally determined contribution (NDC) to 41% under its updated climate change plan.
Speaking at the Cop27 UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Murat Kurum, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Türkiye announced the update to Türkiye’s targets for the year 2030.
From an aim of reducing carbon emissions by 21%, “we’re making a commitment almost twice that,” said Kurum, with a new target of a 41% reduction.
Kurum also said that Türkiye has officially submitted its bid to host the UN climate summit COP31 in 2026.
In October 2021, Turkey submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which details each country’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts.
According to the latest available data, Turkey’s greenhouse gas emissions reached 523.9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2020, up 3.1% from a year earlier.
In a business-as-usual scenario, Ankara anticipates greenhouse gas emissions to reach 1.175 billion tonnes by 2030.
Photo: Murat Kurum, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Türkiye by Umit Bektas / Reuters