Paris Climate Agreement and European Green Consensus Panel was Held in Diyarbakır

In partnership with Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry EU Information Center, Diyarbakır OSB, Economic Development Foundation and EU Delegation to Turkey, a Panel on “Paris Climate Agreement and European Green Agreement, Update of Turkey-EU Customs Union and Financing Sources” was held.

DTSO Assembly President Celalettin Birtane, Chairman of the Board Mehmet Kaya, DTSO Women’s Assembly Members, Chairman of the Economic Development Foundation Ayhan Zeytinoğlu, Diyarbakır Non-Governmental Organization Representatives and business people attended the panel.

Speaking at the panel, DTSO Chairman Kaya said, “Diyarbakır is a city with the highest level of support and belief in Turkey’s EU membership process. The most important problem of this city and this region is the problem of democracy and identity. We believe that EU criteria are important for the solution of these problems. Therefore, we find it beneficial to continue our relations with the EU uninterruptedly and more urgently. In this sense, we attach importance to the work of EU Information Offices and IKV. The European Union has a very determined policy on global warming and climate change. In this context, we do not have sufficient information about the binding sanctions that will be implemented with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. The obligation to use renewable energy, which is planned to come into operation in response to carbon production after 2026, will be a very important development for industrialists and business people. Countries that do not meet these criteria and naturally business people will face big problems. It will be extremely beneficial for business people and investors in our region to follow the developments in this field. Information on these processes, which will be explained in detail by subject experts here today, is of great importance. As Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we have tried to provide such information continuously and we will continue to work uninterruptedly from now on.

As professional organizations, we aim to produce policies in favor of informing our industrialists that they have more detailed information on global warming, adopt environmentally friendly production while producing, and produce with more renewable energy while producing less carbon.

The fact that the world prioritizes the Paris Climate Charter today gives us great hope. Climate changes, which have affected the world in general and our geography in particular, have made it necessary for us to work with faster and more determined steps in this sense. Otherwise, a much more dangerous process will affect all of us negatively, and we will be unable to market what we produce.”

Diyarbakir OSB Board Chairman Mustafa Fidan said, “Since the day we took office as the Organized Industrial Zone Management, we have followed a supportive path for our industrialists to use renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly technologies in their production processes. We continue to work to make Diyarbakır Organized Industrial Zone a green OIZ with our renewable energy plants, especially solar energy, treatment plant, green areas and other environmental practices. The presence of green OIZs will significantly reduce the effects of global warming. Emitting less carbon to the world, protecting the world from global warming and climate disasters is our debt to our future and our children. As Diyarbakır Organized Industrial Zone, we are ready to do our part and take all necessary steps in the green transformation process.”

IKV Chairman of the Board Ayhan Zeytinoğlu said, “İKV was founded in 1965 by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and the Istanbul Chamber of Industry. It continues to work with the support of TOBB and the private sector. It is the foundation that established the first representative office in Belgium in 1984. Its duty is not only to explain the developments in the EU to Turkey, but also to explain the developments there to the EU. In Diyarbakır, the rate of sympathy and participation in the EU is high. While it took 750 thousand years for the world to warm up or cool down by 1 degree, we achieved this in 150 years. The EU has been operating since 2005. We are late. If we do not make changes in the products (iron, steel, aluminum, etc.) going from Turkey to the EU in 2026, they will be subject to serious taxes. There is a dynamic structure, it will spread to all sectors. The use of cutting-edge technology and green energy is very important. Ministries need to make new regulations and give incentives. Emissions trading system compatible with the EU should be established. There is a problem with SMEs. It is necessary to transform SMEs with resources. There is rapid transformation in all sectors. Turkey has had a trade deficit for 25 years since 1996, but we are in the EU’s value chain. Our request from the government is to improve the investment climate. Civil Society and the private sector should work together. Turkey can emit 80 million tons of carbon. But right now we are doing 12-13 times more. We need to reduce it to 80 million tons. Agriculture

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In partnership with Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry EU Information Center, Diyarbakır OSB, Economic Development Foundation and EU Delegation to Turkey, a Panel on “Paris Climate Agreement and European Green Agreement, Update of Turkey-EU Customs Union and Financing Sources” was held.

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