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Handbook of Energy and Environment Policy

Edited By Celil Aydin and Burak Darici

The book deals with the broad perspectives on the energy and environment topics and questions the traditional view on energy and environment policy and issues. Nowadays, energy and environmental issues can be accepted as the related subjects by the whole world. The link between energy and environment is backed to the time when only nature's primary resources were used. Primitive societies’ energy demand was small compared to the forces of the environment. With the emergence of industrial nations, the importance of energy and environment relation appeared again.

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12 Sustainable Energy Future: The Turkish Path for Responding to Climate Change

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Sırrı Uyanık, Efe Büken and Zeynep Zaimoğlu

12   Sustainable Energy Future: The Turkish Path for Responding to Climate Change

Introduction

Tomorrow’s energy system needs to be more decentralized, decarbonized and democratized. The concept of Sustainable Energy thus cannot be separated from “Sustainable Future” which must also ensure that the demands of growing population and the basic human needs of the developing world are met and the main conflicts causing political/economic disputes are resolved at the global scale (Grindsted 2016).

Concerns arising from the projections made and increasing average temperatures in the atmosphere indicated by the results obtained from climate change studies, which has almost become an individual field of science, direct policy makers to take action rapidly on a global scale (Büken and Güner 2017). Within this context, with the aim to give the fastest response to climate change, the largest greenhouse gas producing sectors, sources and methods to be the focus of the actions to be taken emerges to be the most reasonable method (Cherry et al. 2018). Thus, largest greenhouse gas producers will be the commercial and industrial activities most affected by the activities carried out and planned with the aim to keep climate change under control. At this point, energy sector is one of the most important focal points in terms of climate change and carbon emission management studies (Lee et al. 2018; Hiremath et al. 2007). Turkish energy sector which is not...

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