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Turkey plans to expand renewable energy but sticks to coal, nuclear

Clean energy advocates say Turkey should speed up its shift to renewable sources not only out of environmental concerns, but also to reduce its costly reliance on imported energy.
Coal miners move a wagon of coal at a small coal mine on Dec. 9, 2021, in Zonguldak, Turkey.
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Turkey has announced plans to increase renewable energy use by 2035, but other aspects of its energy strategy remain under criticism, including continued investment in coal-fueled and nuclear power plants.

A National Energy Plan released last month outlines targets in the energy sector by 2035, which, according to the Energy Ministry, are in line with Turkey’s goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2053. According to the plan, electrical energy would account for 25% of Turkey’s energy consumption by 2035, up from 21.8% in 2020, while the share of renewable sources in the installed power capacity would increase to nearly 65% from 52% in 2020.

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