Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Murat Kurum stated that they will open a scholarship program with the TÜBİTAK Clean Energy Climate Change and Sustainability Research Institute for young researchers working in the field of climate change and said, “Together for a greener Konya, a cleaner Turkey, a more beautiful world. We will try.” said.
At the TÜBİTAK Clean Energy Climate Change and Sustainability Research Institute Promotion and Cooperation Protocol Signing Ceremony held at the Selçuklu Congress Center with the participation of Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, the institution said that water, soil and air had undergone a profound change.
Stating that cities are faced with disasters such as heat waves, droughts and floods, whose severity increases day by day, and that one of every 20 insect and vertebrate species in the world disappears, Kurum said, “As these ecosystems decrease, our soil will get drier, our agricultural products will decrease, Our air will become unbreathable. In the last 3 years, we have experienced the negative effects of the climate crisis with a new disaster almost every 6 months. We have experienced floods in Sinop, Kastamonu, Bartın, Giresun, Rize and Trabzon, and big fires in Antalya and Muğla, we have lost our lives. “The number of sinkholes in our Konya due to drought and the withdrawal of groundwater has exceeded 2500. Our Konya is at risk of losing its lakes and water completely. In this sense, the establishment of our institute in Konya has been a very meaningful, valuable and valuable step.” he said.
The institution stated that at a time when water wars were spoken in the world, Turkey, as a country experiencing water stress, was working on the recycling and reuse of wastewater.
In this context, the Institution explained that the wastewater treatment plant, which was 145 in 2002, is now 1185, and that they have increased the reuse rate of treated wastewater from 1.2 percent in 2018 to 4.75 percent by the end of 2022.
“We will increase this rate to 15 percent by working harder together in 2030. In order to protect our country’s green heritage, we increased our protected area amount from 9.6 percent to 12.63 percent. In 2030, this rate is 17 percent, which is the OECD average. “We will raise it to and above. Here are our national gardens. Today, we are establishing 476 national gardens that will accelerate the green transformation of our cities all over Turkey. The technological infrastructure, charging stations, parking systems needed by TOGG, our domestic and national automobile that produces zero emissions and does not pollute the environment.” and simulation environments, we prepare our cities for TOGG with all relevant institutions, especially our Ministry of Industry and Technology. It is our greatest wish for the future of our country and our offspring, that the Climate Law is passed by the Parliament in the 100th anniversary of our Republic. Thanks to this law, Every decision on climate will be taken faster, every step will be taken faster and more effectively.”
Turkey’s first zero waste industrial site is being established in Konya
Emphasizing that the climate crisis is not just an environmental issue, the institution said, “This is a development issue that surrounds and negatively affects production, agriculture, food, industry and commerce. Adapting all our OIZs to zero waste, making industrial symbiosis dominate, “It is very important, very valuable to make investments that will not allow any pollution caused by pollution. In this sense, we are establishing Turkey’s first zero-waste industrial site in Konya with renewable energy applications and green infrastructure applications.” used his statements.
Stating that they will expand this exemplary study to 29 provinces of Turkey, the Institution continued as follows:
“As Turkey, we are writing a great success story in energy transformation, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Our country, which has a 54.3% share of renewable energy in its total installed power, is 12th in the world and 5th in Europe in this field. “We can provide 70 percent of global emissions with existing technologies. At this point, we also deal with technology in detail in all our work as the Ministry.”
Reminding that they run the Science and Technology Commission, one of the 7 commissions in Turkey’s first Climate Council held in Konya last year, with the support of TÜBİTAK, the Institution said that the first steps of the TÜBİTAK Clean Energy Climate Change and Sustainability Research Institute were taken here.
The institution continued as follows:
“What will be studied in this institute? Climate change, the steps to be taken to reduce the effects of climate change will be discussed here. As a result, steps will be taken in agriculture, tourism, industry, building sector, in the context of combating climate change and coordination. “We will review our production techniques in agriculture in Konya in 3 years. We will act with the awareness that our water resources are not unlimited. We will discuss how we can produce more products with less water and less energy. We will implement the result in the field. I hope very important plans for the future of our country. , projects will come out of this institute. I believe that our institute will make great contributions to the production of green industry and clean energy in our country. I would like to give good news to our young researchers from here. We will open a scholarship program with our institute for our young researchers working in the field of climate change. We will support our young people. We will work together for a greener Konya, a cleaner Turkey and a more beautiful world.”
Source: TRT Haber