A multidimensional analysis of Turkish German low carbon energy transitions

Bayraktar, Alparslan
Long-term structural changes in energy systems, commonly referred as “energy transition”, have occurred in the past and still occur worldwide. This global energy transition is being observed in multiple fields. Energy systems driven by fossil fuels is being gradually replaced by more decentralized, decarbonized, innovative and technologically smarter alternatives. This desired low-carbon system is mainly shaped by climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. This inevitable transition to low-carbon economy has immense implications globally and indirectly force all countries to rethink their energy policies. In this regard, Germany is an important case study to observe the effects and management of this transition and a great example for other countries to learn from past experiences and prepare themselves for potential challenges. This research highlights how energy transition in Turkey, a growing economy which started restructuring its energy sector since 2002 through a variety of interlinked measures, is shaped and moving forward. The process is compared to mature German experience, “Energiewende” which is often regarded as the front runner in the global energy transition. The proposed multidimensional analysis focuses on energy security, economic and environmental motives of this transition. This analysis discusses whether Energiewende is a unique model towards low carbon or a model that can be extended to Turkey.


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Citation Formats
A. Bayraktar, “A multidimensional analysis of Turkish German low carbon energy transitions,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2020.