Green output: Turkey enacts green industrial zones

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Turkey wants to set up green industrial zones and general industrial regions as part of its recently published landmark action plan on the Green Deal in order to become part of the European Union’s Green Deal.

The action plan, released by the Ministry of Commerce on Friday, includes 32 goals and 81 measures in nine categories to advance Turkey’s transition to a more sustainable, green economy, in line with the goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The nation wants to ensure a green industrial transformation and the development of a cyclical economy. The aim is to complete studies on the green industrial zones (OIZs) and industrial regions and to put a corresponding certification system into practice.

In the context of the cyclical economy, priority sectors are identified, followed by detailed impact and needs analyzes for the sectors. This is followed by a national action plan for the circular economy, which defines technical criteria for the use of secondary products and materials.

The action plan also provides for the dissemination of an eco-label system, which will also include new criteria.

The government wants to update the clean production legislation in the textile and leather industries, where water consumption is high. In addition, OIZ pilot applications will be presented to test the applicability of the specified techniques. Industries are also trained in these areas.

Companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be informed about eco-labels and waste management issues in order to raise their awareness.

The plan also provides for the establishment of a national lifecycle database that reflects conditions based on raw materials, processes and emissions in order to assess the environmental impact of the products and services produced.

The country will also step up efforts to find technologies that support green production. To this end, a working group is being formed that includes universities, public research centers and institutes, representatives of potential manufacturers and technology developers, scientists and representatives of public institutions.

Research will include suggestions for support while incentives for green technologies are prepared. The research and development projects (R&D) on green technologies are intended to help build a green transformation infrastructure.

In addition to maintaining and improving its export competitiveness, Turkey also wants to contribute to deepening its integration into the EU thanks to the existing customs union.

Turkey attaches importance to the action plan to strengthen integration into global supply chains and attract green investments to Turkey.

It set up a European Green Deal Working Group to effectively implement the objectives and measures of the Action Plan together with the private sector and all relevant stakeholders.

European Green Deal

The deal, a bundle of measures with the overarching goal of making the continent the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, was initiated by the European Commission in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement. Last Wednesday, the European Commission approved the Green Deal package.

According to the Commission, “the bloc aims to shape the EU’s climate, energy, transport and tax policy in such a way that it can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels by 2030”.

Reducing emissions, creating jobs and growth, fighting fuel poverty, reducing dependence on external energy and improving health and well-being are some of the key pillars of the European target.

As climate change is seen as “the greatest challenge of our time”, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in 2019 that the Green Deal was the “man on the moon” of the continent and praised its goal of To make Europe the first climate -neutral continent.

According to experts, the deal is not about carbon dioxide emissions, but about greening all production so as not to harm nature.

As the deal has the potential to revolutionize world trade, Turkey’s Green Deal Action Plan and the establishment of a working group are seen as important steps in adapting to this situation.



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