Turkey among top 30 global leaders in sustainable energy
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULMar 08, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Mar 08, 2017 12:00 am
After Turkey's groundbreaking achievements in the energy sector last year which brought developments in energy access, efficiency and renewable energy, the country ranks 23rd among 111 countries worldwide according to the first world sustainable energy ranking ever released by the World Bank.
The debut report titled, "Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy" (RISE) included some 111 countries that account for nearly 90 percent of all global energy consumption.
The report's sustainable energy ranking is based on key factors regarding energy including access, efficiency and development in the area of renewable energy.
Regarding energy access, Turkey received a score of 100 points while it ranked 24th in energy efficiency with a 65-point rating.
According to the report, Turkey has been listed among countries considered successful in energy efficiency, attributable largely to energy-efficient building codes adhered to across the country and the energy efficiency rating system used on home appliances sold throughout the country, as well as other national incentives as well as a national action plan.
On the other hand, Turkey ranked 28th in the world, receiving a 71 points in renewable energy thanks to the legal frameworks, incentives and advantageous pricing mechanisms employed by the Turkish government to promote renewable energy in the country. Thus, last year Turkey ranked 23rd with 79 points in total, leaving behind energy-rich countries like Russia, Iran, Qatar in sustainable energy.
Denmark ranked first with 94 points in the field of sustainable energy, as a result of its successful projects on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy, followed by Canada and the United States with 91 points each.
The report stated that there were no problems regarding energy access in 56 countries around the world, pointing to Sub-Saharan Africa as the most troubled region in terms of access to electricity.
In the field of energy efficiency, the U.S. led the way with 88 points, followed by Denmark and Romania with 86 points each. Regarding renewable energies, Denmark took the lead once again with 95 points, followed by the Netherlands with 92 and Germany with 91 points.