Turkey’s leading energy structures, electricity producers, industry stakeholders, and academics recently came together to discuss concrete suggestions for the country’s energy transition. H2DER, the organization responsible for the meeting, highlighted renewable energy and green hydrogen production as the most important aspects of the country’s economic future.
Green hydrogen, which is produced from renewable energy sources, offers great potential for Turkey given its abundance of solar and wind energy sources. However, there are concerns about how the industry can be developed without falling behind the rest of the world. President Günay outlined several structural developments that he believes should be implemented immediately, including the creation of a Hydrogen Market Regulatory Board (HPDK) and a special deputy minister for hydrogen.
Furthermore, Günay called for the creation of special hydrogen industry zones in various regions such as Balıkesir, Çanakkale, Konya, Karaman, and Mersin, and the installation of wind power plants without grid connection to encourage and support green hydrogen production. Turkey should also be included in the European Hydrogen Backbone, and pipelines should be planned for the transport of hydrogen.
Günay emphasized the need for rapid action in the post-election process due to the Border Carbon Regulation Mechanism (SKDM) that will come into force in 2026, taxing every product exported to the EU with carbon emissions levy at the production stage. Günay believes that converting production to renewable energy is essential to remain competitive in the EU market due to the commitment of EU countries like Germany to meet 100% of its energy needs from green energy by 2035.
Finally, Günay noted that global green technology is predicted to reach $2.1 trillion by 2030, four times its current value, adding that several countries like Germany have already expressed readiness to support and cooperate with Turkey in hydrogen-related investments.
All these data underscore the importance of renewable energy as the key to Turkey’s economic salvation.