Turkey

Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in early 2020, Turkey has committed at least USD 11.75 billion to supporting different energy types through new or amended policies, according to official government sources and other publicly available information. These public money commitments include:

  • At least USD 11.75 billion for unconditional fossil fuels through 9 policies (3 quantified and 6 unquantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional fossil fuels
  • Some public money committed for unconditional clean energy (4 policies with the value of public money unquantified)
  • No public money commitments identified for conditional clean energy
  • Some public money committed for other energy (1 policy with the value of public money unquantified)
Updated: 25 November 2020


At least

$11.75 billion

Supporting fossil fuel energy

$140.89

Per capita



At least

$0

Supporting clean energy

$0.00

Per capita

By energy type, some public money committed for oil and gas (3 policies with the value of public money unquantified).

In addition, Turkey committed at least USD 53.95 million to coal (at least USD 53.95 million to unconditional coal).

Further, no public money commitments identified for hydrogen based on fossil fuels.

Finally, Turkey committed at least USD 10.16 billion to multiple fossil fuels (at least USD 10.16 billion to unconditional multiple fossil fuels).

A considerably larger amount of public money committed to supporting the economy and people of Turkey through monetary and fiscal policies in response to the crisis may also benefit different elements of the energy sector. However, these values are not available from official legislation and statements and therefore are not included in the database. Meanwhile, in addition to monetary and fiscal measures, the database lists other policies and regulations that can also provide benefits to producers and consumers of different energy types.

These public money commitments are additional to many other government policies that had existed to support different energy types before the COVID19 pandemic.

Public money commitments to fossil fuels, clean and other energy in recovery packages, USD billion, as of 25 November 2020

Country Jurisdiction Category Policy name Sector Energy Type Mechanism Value committed, USD Date of announcement Policy type Stage Legislation and Endorsing Agency Arm of Government Primary and secondary stated objective of the policy Date of entry into force Implemented repeal date, if any Value as stated (specify currency) Value committed, national currency Value disbursed, national currency Value disbursed, USD: Policy background Links to official sources Links to additional sources
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Increased retail loan for automobiles, launched by the public banks, with no specific emission contr... Mobility Multiple energy types Loan (Hybrid) 1541544627.717 2020060101/06/2020 Fiscal Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Public banks Public finance institution To restore the demand in the automotive market. 01/06/2020 TRY 10,000,000,000 10000000000 During the COVID-19 times, easing on the automotive credits is announced in the first stimulus package on March 17th. Public banks started to provide low interest housing loans since the beginning of June. The disbursed amount covers the period starting between June (date of entry into force)-September (the latest available data). We are categorising this policy here is "fossil unconditional" based on that this scheme has no conditionality on conversion to more efficient, low emission cars or EVs. Hence, it ends up benefitting the fossil fuels industry.
https://www.hmb.gov.tr/haberler/hazine-ve-maliye-bakani-albayrak-basin-mensuplari-ve-ekonomistlerle-bir-araya-geldi (Accessed 2 November 2020)

https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/ekonomi/tasit-kredilerindeki-artis-9-ayda-11-milyar-liraya-dayandi-41633183 (Accessed 2 November 2020)
Turkey National Clean unconditional Extension of Renewable Energy Support Scheme (YEKDEM) Power generation Multiple renewable New or extended regulation (IT... 2020090909/09/2020 Fiscal Electricity generation Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government To support renewable energy investors 17/09/2020 30/06/2021 The Renewable Energy Support Scheme (YEKDEM) was first introduced into the system in 2013 and it outlines feed-in-tariffs of $0.133 for solar and biomass, $0.105 for geothermal, $0.073 for wind and hydro plants and it is valid for 10 years. Although this scheme was previously set to be repealed by the end of 2020 (November, 2nd being the last date of applications) now the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources proposes to extend the application date for another 6 months, to benefit the renewable energy investors who were struggling with their imports and finances.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/09/20200918-8.pdf Accessed 21 September 2020.
Turkey National Clean unconditional Energy Performance Contracts in Public Sector Multiple sectors Energy efficiency New or extended regulation (IT... 2020082121/08/2020 Other Energy efficiency Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government Decreasing the energy expenses in public administration sector. 21/08/2020 The "Law on Energy Performance Contracts in Public Sector" has been approved by the Parliament in 2018. This regulation outlines the principles and methodologies of the contracting process.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/08/20200821-31.pdf Accessed 8 September 2020
Turkey National Other energy Increased Special Consumption Tax for vehicle purchases Mobility Multiple energy types New or extended regulation (IT... 2020083030/08/2020 Fiscal Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Ministry of Treasury and Finance Government Increase budget revenue 30/08/2020 Special Consumption Tax (SCT) revenues constitute about 25% of total tax revenues in Turkey. 2019 numbers reveal that motor vehicle SCT revenues are 10% of the total SCT revenues (13.8 billion TL of 147.1 billion TL). In the first 7 months of 2020, SCT revenues over motor vehicles (16 billion TL) already amounts to 85% of the end-of-year target (18.9 billion TL).
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/08/20200830-1.pdf

https://vergiyedair.com/2020/08/30/otomobilde-otv-duzenlemesi-ne-anlama-geliyor/
Turkey National Clean unconditional 1 GW solar auction Power generation Solar Government procurement (DT) 2020070303/07/2020 Other Electricity generation Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government Increasing solar energy production capacity by 1 GW 19/10/2020 Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has officially published the details of its 1 GW solar auction on August the 3rd. The smallest project allowed under the tender is 10 MW in size, while the largest is 20 MW. The auction will be held over a four-day period between 19-23 October 2020, for projects located in 36 cities and across 74 grid connection points. The starting ceiling price in the auctions will be TRY0.3/kWh ($0.044/kWh), and the winners will receive a 15-year power purchase guarantee.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/ilanlar/eskiilanlar/2020/07/20200703-4-10.pdf Accessed 11 August 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Amendment to the “Project Based Incentive Scheme” Multiple sectors Multiple energy types New or extended regulation (IT... 2020072828/07/2020 Fiscal Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Ministry of Industry and Technology Government To increase high-tech production capacity of critical sectors and decrease import dependency. 28/07/2020 In 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Technology has announced a "Project Based Incentive Scheme" under which 23 projects of 19 firms with a total investment volume of $135 billion were entitled to receive incentives in terms of tax reductions, employment and energy subsidies (50% of total energy bill to be met by the government) and other financial support. Among these projects there is one for developing integrated solar panel development with ingot and solar cell production. However, also petrochemical industry and refineries are recipient of this incentives. The new amendment extends energy subsidies to the projects with partial completion as well. Initially only the completed projects were eligible for this subsidy.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/07/20200728-9.htm Accessed 3 August 2020
Turkey National Clean unconditional Renewable Power Purchase Agreements Power generation Multiple renewable Budget or off-budget transfer ... 2020072323/07/2020 Other Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Energy Market Regulatory Authority Government Enabling willing consumers to opt for renewable energy purchase 01/08/2020 Turkey is introducing a 'green tariff' to encourage the use of domestic renewable energy and to direct citizens with high environmental awareness to renewable energy consumption. As of August, the special tariff will be available to consumers who want to use electricity produced solely from renewable energy sources. The prices will vary between 79.25 and 91.46 cents TRY per kilowatt-hour, depending on the consumer group.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/07/20200724-24.pdf Accessed 27 July 2020

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/energy/turkey-to-offer-green-only-power-tariff-as-of-august Accessed 27 July 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Increased retail loans for housing, launched by the public banks, with no energy efficiency requirem... Buildings Multiple fossil Loan (Hybrid) 10158779096.655 2020060101/06/2020 Fiscal Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Public banks Public finance institution To revitalize the housing market 01/06/2020 15 year loans of up to 500.000 TRL 65900000000 65900000000 10158779096.655 During the COVID-19 times, easing on the housing credits is announced in the first stimulus package on March 17th. Public banks started to provide low interest housing loans since the beginning of June. The disbursed amount covers the period starting between June (date of entry into force)-September (the latest available data). We are categorising this policy here is "fossil unconditional" based on that, unlike energy efficiency and renovation policies, this one has no conditions attached, hence ends up benefitting the fossil fuels industry. During the beginning period of the loan provision, a 12 month deferral was also provided along with low interest rates. A revision to this package on August 7, has cancelled the 12 month deferral and also the interest rates for second-hand housing loans have been on the rise.
https://www.sozcu.com.tr/2020/ekonomi/konut-kredilerinde-rekor-artis-uc-haftada-19-milyar-tl-5908804/ Accessed 6 July 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Discount by Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Company (BOTAŞ) on the price of natural gas supplied to elec... Power generation Gas and gas products Underpricing of govt-owned goo... 2020063030/06/2020 Fiscal Electricity generation Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Company SOE Reducing the energy costs imposed on the industry 01/07/2020 The price of gas sold to power plants that produce electricity from natural gas has been reduced by 12.5 percent. Industry and commercial subscribers also received a 9.8 percent discount.
https://www.botas.gov.tr/Sayfa/2020-yili-temmuz-ayi-dogal-gaz-toptan-satis-fiyat-tarifesi/501 Accessed 30 June 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Postponement of collection of electricity and natural gas consumption fees due to natural disasters Multiple sectors Multiple energy types Budget or off-budget transfer ... 2020061010/06/2020 Fiscal Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government n/a 01/01/2020 01/06/2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources will cover the financial costs resulting from the postponement (up to one year maximum) of accrued electricity and/or natural gas bills, excluding the principal amount. This policy has been classified as "fossil unconditional" because over 70% of the energy mix in Turkey is fossil fuels-based.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/06/20200610-10.htm Accessed 17 June 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Requirement for underground coal miners to work in shifts in public mines with full payment and a pa... Resources Coal Budget or off-budget transfer ... 2020030303/03/2020 Other Exploration or production or processing or storage or transportation Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises SOE n/a 01/04/2020 In response to COVID-19 outbreak, Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK) has required the coal miners working in public mines to work in 15 day shifts, with 15 days of paid leave. Then, effective from April 1st until June 1st, TTK halted its production. Starting from June 1st, TTK has resumed its coal mining activity with a 3 shift / day working schedule.
https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/turkiye-taskomru-kurumu-yeniden-uretime-basladi/1860445 Accessed 8 June 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Postponement of exhaust emission measurements for 3 months Mobility Oil and gas Regulatory rollback or non-gov... 2020040303/04/2020 Other Energy use (all energy types, consumption in transport, household use, buildings etc) Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Government n/a 03/04/2020 07/07/2020 For citizens whose exhaust gas emission measurement period has expired and who would not be able to fulfill this obligation within 3 months that this regulation is valid, it will be possible to complete it within 45 days from the end of this period.
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/04/20200403-6.htm Accessed 7 June 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Support policies for the oil sector Resources Oil and gas Regulatory rollback or non-gov... 2020042929/04/2020 Other Exploration or production or processing or storage or transportation Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government To contribute to reducing dependence on external energy sources 29/04/2020 01/11/2020 Based on the critical role that national oil and natural gas production plays in Turkey's energy independence and employment creation, share payments to the government ('State share payments') and filing deadlines were extended. License liabilities (drilling, etc.) were also postponed for 6 months.
http://www.mapeg.gov.tr/Duyurular/2904_duyuru.aspx Accessed 2 June 2020
Turkey National Fossil unconditional Support for underground mines to ease financial losses due to increased costs Resources Coal Budget or off-budget transfer ... 53954061.970094 2020032424/03/2020 Fiscal Exploration or production or processing or storage or transportation Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Government Increase employment and reduce the costs of production in the sector 02/06/2020 TL 350 million/year 350000000 For 10 000 underground mineworkers who meet the conditions as listed in the Presidential Decree (date 24/3/2020 -- No:2282) a support payment of 350 million TL will be disbursed each year. The support amount is calculated per employee. Its design motivates higher employment in the sector
https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2020/03/20200325-2.pdf Accessed 2 June 2020

https://www.enerjigunlugu.net/madencilikte-destek-odemeleri-basladi-37672h.htm Accessed 2 June 2020