Authored an article on private sector climate finance in Turkey for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The article will be published in German & Turkish in the upcoming weeks.
I am working on a consultancy assignment where I focus on conducting a stocktake assessment, gap analysis and localisation of SDG 13 – Climate Action targets and indicators. The idea of tailoring all SDGs into Turkey’s own context came from the Turkish Ministry of Development, and outsourced to the experienced team of TSKB Escarus (A company of Turkish Industrial Development Bank).
Soon I am leaving my post at GTE Carbon, a leading Turkish carbon management & climate services company, where developed and coordinated externally funded project activities and provided consultancy services. As I am coming to the end of my term here, I would like to reflect upon two important projects I was involved in, both related with climate change adaptation and resilience.
An immense pleasure for me that I co-authored* Turkey’s first comprehensive sustainability guide (in Turkish) and it is published via Sustainable Development Association Turkey (SKD Türkiye). The guide offers introduction to 100 terms related with sustainability concept:
I had a chance to serve as the lead author of the Regional Environmental Centre (REC) Turkey’s substantially revised guide to climate change science, policy, governance which is a first of its kind publication in Turkish.
“Beyond special circumstances: climate change policy in Turkey 1992–2015”
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Edited By: Mike Hulme
Impact Factor: 3.415
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 4/100 (Environmental Studies); 12/77 (Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences)
Online ISSN: 1757-7799
by Ethemcan Turhan, Semra Cerit Mazlum, Ümit Şahin, Alevgül H. Şorman and Arif Cem Gündoğan
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2016
This article of mine was recently published at the Chamber of Architects of Turkey’s magazine “Mimarlik” (Issue 387). I suggest that energy democracy, self-governance and participation should be at the very heart of the discussion if cities are to offer any suggestion to the anthropogenic climate change problem. The article is in Turkish.
Our article has been published at the Outreach Magazine* during COP21 Paris. We argued that Turkey needs to take bold decisions on its alternative development pathways if it is to go beyond special circumstances discourse in the new climate regime.
(*Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and has been produced at various international meetings on the environment.)
In 2016, the climate justice movement is preparing to escalate the global energy transformation. We need to keep carbon in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. Governments and industry are not acting fast enough. It’s in our hands to close the ambition gap – it’s up to us to break free from fossil fuels and accelerate the shift to renewable energy.