Going dirty when Turkey can go clean – These subsidies and incentives to coal investments (instead of renewable energy) encourage carbon-intensive infrastructure projects over clean energy sources, making unprofitable coal projects bankable for investors and financiers. Moreover, sustainable means of economic activity in the region will be unavailable in the areas where these plants operate while health and pollution costs will be enormous if the regional cumulative impacts of the projects are calculated.
It’s a disaster for the climate and environment – EÜAŞ’s coal assets will add millions of tons of CO2 emissions, impact local communities and ecosystem deeply. Recently, EÜAŞ developed 720 MW of new coal power project Çayırhan B nearby Nallıhan Bird Paradise. The plant will burn 3,850,000 tons of coal, more than 1 million ton of coal ash will spread each year around Turkey’s capital city Ankara and the neighboring villages, where major source of income is agriculture: the dust, emissions and fly ash is expected to spread over 277,000 decares of agricultural land.
No points for Turkey on the international stage – Turkey is a member of G20 which have committed to end inefficient fossil fuel subsidies in 2009. EÜAŞ is not helping to make that happen in Turkey. Turkey is still negotiating EU membership and Chapter 27 on Environment and Climate Change is still open including legislation aimed at transposing the EU's horizontal and framework environmental legislation, including its transboundary aspects. EÜAŞ originated coal power subsidies will increase Turkey’s transboundary pollution which will impact neighboring countries. Finally, Turkey has signed the Paris Agreement, but not ratified yet, and is a candidate to host COP26 in 2020.