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Engagement and willingness brightens the future of district heating in Turkey

20.12.2018  13:39

The significant economic benefits and growth potential in district heating in Turkey was discussed on Thursday, 13 December in a meeting with high-level officials from the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) and the Danish Energy Agency. The Danish delegation visited Turkey with the aim of discussing the future of heating and cooling energy systems. Additionally, the partners of the Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) project held a Steering Committee Meeting (SC), which involved public and private stakeholders in the sector. The meeting was an opportunity to verify Turkeys need for an efficient legal framework in order to drive the development forward and approve future activities of the work programme for 2019.


District heating and cooling represent the most sustainable energy solution for satisfying urban heating and cooling demands. Furthermore, investments in district heating are economically beneficial and ensure better conditions for the population of Turkey. The country has the geographical potential for benefiting from this form of heating and cooling system. Danish authorities have since early 2017 been cooperating with MENR sand other relevant public stakeholders in order to improve energy efficiency standards in buildings and industry, and to develop Turkey’s district energy potential.

The on-going SSC coopetition has awakened interest from important participants from MENR, which is why the day began with a high-level meeting stressing an overall briefing of the SSC cooperation, and the long-term benefits of district heating in Turkey. Almost 40 years of experience in Denmark has helped bring perspective to how Turkey can ensure an efficient, human and economically beneficial transition. Additional discussion regarding offshore wind energy was prominent in the meeting, including tender methods and Danish one-stop shop approach. Due to the need for decreasing dependency on natural gas, the participants were eager to follow the results of the ongoing studies and the overall future of the project closely. The participants of the high-level meeting included Director General Murat Zekeriya Aydin as well as Deputy General Directors Sebahattin Öz and Dr. Yüksel Malkoc all from General Directorate of Energy Affairs (GDEA) at MENR, whom interested asked questions throughout the meeting.



Subsequently, the Royal Danish Embassy in Ankara hosted participants of the 3rd SC Meeting of the “Efficient and Low Carbon supply of Heating and Cooling” SSC project at their brand new premises. The meeting was led by the Danish Deputy of Mission to Turkey, Anders Siegumfeldt and Dr. Yüksel Malkoc from GDEA. The cooperation is currently in the process of finishing academic studies and calculations of e.g., so-called top-down mapping of the overall potential of district heating and cooling across Turkey, and possible economic benefits that may ensue. The drafts of the studies were presented to the SC to ensure clarity of the progress of the project. A focal point of the SC was the progress of the enlargement of the existing partnership. The enlargement includes two components, which are secondary regulation of the heating and cooling sector, and offshore wind development. Due to successful progression, the project is currently expected to be extended for three additional years beyond 2020. The participants engaged in discussions regarding elements and areas that could be beneficial to include in the future.

Dr. Yüksel Malkoc extended his gratitude on the behalf of MENR/GDEA to the Danish partners for their valuable support. The participants of the SC included members from various public Turkish energy institutions including Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkish Housing Development Administration (TOKi), Ilbank (Turkish Bank of Provinces) and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation. The broad attendance resulted in a broad round table discussion of legal framework, possible economic incentives, best Danish practices and the future of the SSC energy project. The future programme brings fruitful coopetition with large representation from the key stakeholders of the industry. As Anders Siegumfeldt mentioned in his closing remarks: “These engaged discussions are an essential part of creating sustainable change, and this is exactly what the SSC project is about”.

For more information, please contact either Sector Counsellor Dennis Skov-Albertsen (denalb@um.dk) or Project Coordinator Fatma Alay (fatmal@um.dk