A visible pipeline of 238 renewable projects in Turkey is expected to generate 9.2 gigawatts of capacity and 110,000 new jobs, according to a new report from Ernst & Young prepared with the support of the European Climate Foundation on July 7.
The report entitled A Clean Covid-19 Recovery: Global Opportunity for G20 Leadership covers 47 countries in terms of their renewable project pipelines but with an emphasis on the UK, Turkey and South Africa.
The report analysis on Turkey reveals that the shovel-ready 238 renewable projects account for an investment volume of $19.4 billion, the majority of which is expected in wind and solar energy.
“A green recovery focused on renewable energy could deliver large-scale job creation in the near term whilst supporting sustainable employment in the long term in Turkey,” it said.
It added that this green recovery could create many more jobs in renewable energy that currently exists in the coal industry if Turkey continues to strengthen the local supply chain and manufacturing capabilities for renewable energy.
Projects in Turkey to reduce annual emissions by 35 million tons
The report finds that a green recovery could lay the foundation for decarbonizing the broader Turkish economy.
“The existing pipeline of investable projects can enable a green recovery to begin immediately. If fulfilled, it could contribute to the surplus that already exists against Turkey’s intended nationally determined contribution targets,” the report said.
The pipeline of projects is also expected to enable Turkey to take advantage of the potential opportunities presented by the European Green Deal, as well as mitigating the potential challenges related to policy instruments such as carbon border adjustments.
The project pipeline is estimated to potentially contribute a reduction in CO2 emissions of 35 million tonnes per year, reducing total emissions by 7 percent.
The shovel-ready projects in Turkey are planned for various regions of the country, with the Marmara and the Mediterranean seeing the highest project numbers.
10 million green jobs worldwide
Globally, the report found that 10 million jobs could be created from 1,300 renewable projects in the pipeline with an investment volume of $2 trillion.
This is set to generate 1 terawatt of renewable capacity.
In the UK, another deep-dived country in the report, green energy offers 440,000 jobs from 540 projects. The total number of projects rises to 668 by creating 625 jobs when storage, transmission and distribution projects are added. This could mitigate 90 percent of job losses from the pandemic, according to the report’s findings.
In South Africa, 184 shovel-ready projects were identified totaling 10.3 gigawatts, creating 102,000 local jobs.