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Turkish society sees the way of energy independence in renewable energy


According to the Research on Energy Consumption and Economy in Turkey, 55 percent of the society defines foreign dependency as the biggest energy problem in Turkey, and they think that solar and wind energy should be used to prevent foreign dependency.

The results of the Energy Consumption and Economy in Turkey research conducted by KONDA Research and Clean Energy News Portal to measure the opinions of the society about renewable energy and the perception of energy dependency in Turkey have been announced.

While 2 thousand 510 people participated in the survey, the research revealed results regarding the perspective of the population over the age of 15 on energy and electricity consumption at a time of global energy crisis.

Accordingly, 55 percent of the respondents define the biggest problem in energy in Turkey as foreign dependency, while four out of five people are concerned about Turkey’s foreign dependency in energy. The cost of energy stands out as the second biggest problem with 30 percent.

56 percent of the respondents see the use of solar and wind energy more as a priority solution in order not to be affected by price fluctuations in imported fuels, especially natural gas and oil. 69 percent of the participants think that electricity prices will decrease if more renewable energy sources are used instead of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.

The rate of those who say that they would agree to a certain increase in their electricity bill in order to use the energy produced from renewable energy sources is 51 percent.

In his evaluation of the research, Clean Energy Foundation President Metin Atamer said, “The study showed that there is a general consensus about Turkey’s energy problems and solutions that can remedy these problems. While 4 out of 5 people in the society worry about energy addiction, 3 out of 5 people see the way to independence in the sun and wind.

KONDA Research Board Member Bekir Ağırdır, on the other hand, stated that after the epidemic, both economic and political uncertainties squeezed the future perceptions and expectations of individuals, especially young people, and said: “The world is experiencing a tremendously complex and uncertain energy crisis. Our country is one of the countries most affected by this crisis. According to studies on climate, environment and energy, which we have increased in recent years, climate change and energy crisis are rising to the forefront of individuals’ agendas day by day. This research, which allows us to read together the current energy debates as well as the perspective and attitudes of the society on energy use, tells us that a very large part of the society is worried about foreign dependence in energy. In terms of energy security, accessibility to energy and energy costs, there is a mass that turns to renewable energy. This mass also desires to implement the changes that it believes will have a positive impact on its life. We consider it important for everyone to read and understand the findings of the research, and to act according to the needs and demands of the society, in order for this intention to find a response in public policies.”