Headline: Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in Turkey. Assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector

The energy transition is inducing new investments in the electricity production and infrastructure sectors worldwide. Turkey, with its increasing energy demand met mostly by fossil fuel resources, faces significant risk of augmenting its future dependency degree on energy imports.In order to address this issue, Turkey’s public policy framework includes not only strategies to increase the share of renewable energy resources in its energy mix but also aims to develop a local manufacturing industry and to enable technology transfer. This study examines how increased deployment of renewable energy in Turkey can provide co-benefits for job creation and meeting future skills requirements. The research is carried out in the context of the COBENEFITS project, which assesses a range of additional co-benefits of renewable energy in developing countries, besides reducing energy sector greenhouse gas emissions, when compared to conventional energy systems. The study also provides initial insights on the estimated occupational distribution, thus predicting the changes and employment opportunities available to Turkey in its solar and wind sectors. The study methodology focused firstly on defining value chains for the solar and wind energy sectors in Turkey. This was done using licence and pre-licence information from the Energy Market Regulatory Authority and a unique administrative micro dataset (EIS) that includes all registered firms in Turkey and their employees registered with the Social Security Institution (SGK). Secondly, coefficients for the current ratio of employment per megawatt (MW) in the solar and wind sectors were calculated. Finally, projections of employment increases and skills requirements were estimated according to four scenarios for increased renewable energy (RE) capacity. The results show that increased employment is possible through renewables.

Publication Year
2019
Publication Type
IASS Studies
Citation

Sabanci University Istanbul Policy Center (Ed.). (2019). Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in Turkey. Assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector. IASS Study, November 2019.

DOI
10.2312/iass.2019.033
Links
https://www.cobenefits.info/ https://publications.iass-potsdam.de/rest/items/item_4894896_13/component/file_…
Staff involved
Projects involved
Mobilising the Multiple Opportunities of Renewable Energies