Green economy discussed at Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Turkey

Green economy for sustainable growth was discussed on Saturday at the annual Antalya Diplomatic Forum (ADF), of which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner.

Speaking at the ‘Green Economy for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’ panel, UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri said the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for the development of the economy. green economy.

“We need to move from our current brown form to green. The Middle East is an oil-producing region, and if we have zero carbon targets by 2050 in that region, we should start those studies immediately,” he said. he declared.

Acting President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Ayhan Zeytinoglu, said the EU has started a green and digitalization process during the pandemic.

Zeytinoglu said Turkey also aims to reduce carbon emissions like Europe. The continent started the process in 2005 and Turkey is following the EU.

Noting that Turkey depends on oil and gas resources from countries such as Russia and Iran, Zeytinoglu said the development of renewable energy resources is necessary to deal with the dependency.

Luc Frieden, President of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, spoke about the importance of reducing carbon emissions and renewable energy resources.

He said government support and significant investments are needed, adding; “We cannot achieve sustainable development without big spending.”

Furthermore, Gurcan Karakas, CEO of TOGG, said that Turkey has grasped the importance of switching from fossil fuels to green energy and developing electric vehicles compatible with the green economy.

“In this sense, we have launched a new initiative with the Turkish Automotive Business Group (TOGG),” he said.

Established in 2018, TOGG introduced Turkey’s first electric vehicle prototype in December 2019, which is expected to be rolled out in 2022 in the market.

He added that it may be the right time for new technologies and the new concept of green business. “Companies want to make a profit, but you also have to adapt to new trends,” he added.

Pornchai Danvivathana, Secretary General of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, said the group’s approach to green economy is in the context of the 35 Asian Cooperation Dialogue countries.

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