Türkiye: A Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Pathway Analysis for the Fertiliser Sector

GTE and ESCON companies are technical contractors, and the Ministry of Industry and Technology is the beneficiary of the “Türkiye: A Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Pathway Analysis for the Fertiliser Sector” project financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The aim of this project is to determine a roadmap for the Turkish fertiliser industry and to harmonise with the European Green Deal in this context.

The greenhouse gas and policy interaction model to be developed and the effects of the EU Emissions Trading System and the Border Carbon Regulation Mechanism will be examined by analysing the current situation and emission reduction scenarios within the scope of the project. In the study, which will be contributed by the leading fertiliser producer companies in Turkey, relevant public institutions, and national and international non-governmental organisations, precise results will be obtained about the investment and technology needs for the sector for decarbonisation in the medium and long-term.

Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Platform Project

GTE is a technical consultant within the scope of the “Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Platform Project” supported by the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) within the Innovative Istanbul Financial Support Programme and carried out in cooperation with the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD Turkey) and Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO). GTE will carry out cleaner production and circular economy analyses for 21 companies operating in Istanbul selected within the project’s scope.

The project aims to increase resource efficiency and circularity in the Istanbul industry, priority sectors and value chains to create a sustainable structure for this and improve stakeholders’ capacities.

Managing the Impact of the EU Green Deal (ECC) on ASO Member Enterprises

Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) initiated the Managing the Impacts of the EU Green Deal on ASO Member Enterprises Project in order to ensure that its members are prepared for the opportunities, risks and regulations created by the EU European Green Deal.

EWA Corporate Consultancy and GTE are the project partners of the project and current situation and gap analyses have been carried out within the framework of field visits. The main purpose of the project is to identify the opportunities, impacts and risks created by the ECC on businesses, to ensure better management of these impacts and risks and to create a roadmap for the method to be followed. Within the scope of the project, a grouping consisting of 15 titles on sector basis was made by taking into account the 35 professional committees in the ASO organisational structure. Sectoral actions have been proposed for the relevant sectors in the determined groups.

Bilateral Collaboration Program with the US National Science Foundation (NSF)

METU Department of Environmental Engineering (Prof. Dr. İpek İmamoğlu) as project coordinator and researcher (Prof. Dr. F. Dilek Sanin), University of Maine, Arizona State University and GTE as project partners. The project “MiOCAP – Combining Molecular Level Microplastic-Organic Interaction with Meso-Scale Circularity Assessment for Macro-Scale Policy Impact” is supported by the “Support Programme for Increasing the Capacity to Benefit from International Research Funds and Participation in International R&D Collaborations” under the joint programme of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and TÜBİTAK. The pilot region of the project is Izmir province and the beneficiary is Izmir Development Agency.

The main objective of the project is to develop a circularity performance assessment (CPA) framework and contribute to the development of strategies and policies in line with the outputs obtained from the framework to be developed in order to reduce the negative ecosystem impacts related to microplastics at large scale. In addition, a web-based tool will be introduced as a guide to measure the status and potential of circularity at the value chain level and strategy recommendations will be developed.

World Bank Green Industry Project Component-2

The project is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, TUBITAK and KOSGEB with the support of the World Bank. As a technical consultant in the “Turkey Green Industry Project – Component II” project, GTE prepared the Environmental and Social Management System and Projects User Manual.

With the project, it is aimed to ensure the green transition of industrial enterprises in line with the new requirements in export markets such as the World Bank, CBAM, Green Consensus for R&D and innovation projects related to the green transformation of the industry.

Establishment of Bakioğlu Holding Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory

Carbon footprint calculation and greenhouse gas emission inventory studies are carried out within the framework of ISO 14064 and Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards within the scope of sustainability targets for Polibak, Bak Ambalaj, Bareks Plastik, Bareks Polyethylene and Bak Gravür, which are within Bakioğlu Holding. In this context, as a result of the verification studies carried out by the accredited auditor institution, ISO14064 Greenhouse Gas Emission Certificate certification studies were carried out for Bakioğlu Holding Packaging Group Companies.

Carbon and Water Footprint and Resource Efficiency Roadmap for Lignite Mining Industry

Polyak Eynez Enerji Üretim Madencilik San. ve Tic. Inc. In the Kınık Lignite Mine operation within the scope of the current situation assessment, carbon and water footprint reporting was made and resource efficiency and cyclical opportunities were evaluated in order to improve environmental performance. Under the heading of evaluation of the current situation, the calculation of the carbon and water footprint of the enterprise, reporting according to appropriate standards, competitor analysis and evaluation according to sectoral metrics were made.

In addition to the existing ESG approaches within the framework of national/international developments, assessment of transitional risks and good practice examples in the national/international arena, in addition to the existing ESG approaches, the European Union Green Agreement, the Paris Agreement and the Border Carbon Tax and similar developments are for the coal mining sector of our country and especially Polyak Eynez. A roadmap was prepared by GTE as a result of a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks it creates for the company.

EKO PRODUCTION- Climate Friendly Competitiveness Program

Increasing environmental sustainability needs all over the world, transition to a low carbon economy, increasing importance of issues such as resource efficiency, circular economy, energy efficiency, and global priorities within the scope of sustainability and climate change and the political, legal and commercial regulations brought by these will bring to the industry, especially export companies, a very important contribution. costs occur. Seeing this need, TTGV is developing the “ECO PRODUCTION – Climate Friendly Competitiveness Programme and contributing to the development of the industry with a focus on sustainable production and climate change; It aims to provide a comprehensive support approach that will create a value chain, from analysis and needs assessment to project design and access to finance, and to create solution-oriented value-creating collaborations by bringing different stakeholders together as an integrator/coordinator platform.

In the project, where GTE is involved as a project consultant, with the project design and feasibility support to the companies selected as a result of the negotiations with the Medium and Large Scale Enterprises in Ankara, Izmir and Manisa, both for the existing resources of TTGV for this purpose and for the sustainable production to be offered by the public and private sectors. It is aimed to provide easier access to appropriate financial resources.

Use of Biomass to be Produced from Red Sea Algae in the Production of Valuable Bio-components

The consultancy of the project carried out by Kırıkkale University with the feasibility support provided by Ahiler Development Agency was done by GTE. In the project, it is aimed to reduce negative environmental impacts by using microalgae production and wastewater treatment synergistically and to provide commercial benefits for different sectors of algae biomass.

The project was completed in February 2021. During the feasibility study, a technical/economic feasibility study was conducted for a pilot plant for an innovative microalgae system that will provide nutrient recovery by treating wastewater with an intersectoral “symbiotic approach”.

Exploring Industrial Symbiosis Possibilities for Food Chain Waste

A project to explore industrial symbiosis opportunities for food chain waste was carried out in Antalya with the Fund for the Third Phase of the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP-III) of the Turkish Food Rescue Association. The project, which started in 2019, was completed in 2020.

Technical field studies were carried out by GTE within the scope of the project. In the light of the information obtained, potential industrial symbiosis opportunities that stand out in the sector were investigated and a workshop was held.