Speech Delivered by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
At the World Future Energy Summit Opening Ceremony
(Abu Dhabi, 18 January 2010)
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Esteemed Crown Princes,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I respectfully greet you all and would like to express my great pleasure to rdparticipate in the 3 World Future Energy Summit.
At the beginning of my remarks, I would like to thank Crown Prince of
Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, all the relevant
UAE authorities, all the other institutions and officials concerned who
took part in this event.
We are all well aware that as a result of the increase in population and
growing global economy, energy matters stand before us as a very
serious global issue.
Again, we all know that, global issues can only be solved through global
Yes, global energy security is very crucial for all of us.
However, energy efficiency, clean energy, climate change,
environmental pollution are also now as vitally important as global
We should not forget that as we have the responsibility to meet the
needs of the people today, we are also obliged to leave a more liveable
world to future generations.
In recent years, determination of a common and long term policy in the global fight against climate change has become one of the most important items of the international agenda.
As it is the case for other international issues, it is an imperative for all countries to act in a coordinated manner and with the spirit of solidarity in carrying out their part in the mitigation of green house gas emissions. The mitigation of global carbon emissions in the energy sector is one of the important hurdles before us.
I believe we need to attach much more importance to the renewable energy in our agenda.
Turkey has a considerable potential for renewable energy, foremost with wind, geothermal, hydro and solar energy.
Currently, the share of the renewables in our total electricity production is 20%. Our aim is to meet 30% of our electricity consumption from renewable by 2023.
Moreover, we aspire to reach a wind energy capacity of 20.000 MW and and a geothermal energy capacity 600 MW by 2023.
Furthermore, in the automotive sector, the development of alternative fuels and vehicles with cutting-edge technology will significantly boost our energy security and will decrease our dependency on oil as well as mitigating carbon emissions.
I would like to emphasize that Turkey, supports international initiatives which aim to increase the utilization of the renewables in the world and the sharing of information and experiences in this field. We deem the establishment of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as a very important and timely initiative.
With this understanding, Turkey participated in the Founding Conference on 26 January 2009 in Bonn and become one of the founding countries with the signing of the IRENA Founding Agreement. I should also point out that we find the establishment of the IRENA Secretariat in Abu Dhabi as very appropriate.
One of the most crucial features of energy security is diversification of energy sources and transport routes. Diversification is a prerequisite for minimizing the geopolitical and technical risks.
Our country, while first ensuring her energy security, aims also at contributing to Europe’s energy security. .
We have recently realized significant projects such as, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum Natural Gas, the Blue Stream Natural Gas pipelines and the Turkey-Greece Natural Gas Interconnector.
With the same approach, our efforts are continuing with respect to the Nabucco Natural Gas Pipeline, which envisages carrying Caspian and Middle Eastern natural gas to Europe via Turkey; the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, developed to alleviate the maritime traffic in the Turkish Straits, and the Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline.
The Signing of the Nabucco Intergovernmental Agreement on 13 July 2009 in Ankara has been the most significant development of last year in terms of our energy strategy.
Turning this project into reality will reinforce energy security as it will also make positive contributions to regional peace, stability and welfare. Qatar-Turkey Natural Gas Pipeline constitutes another important project that we envisage.
We believe, beside its economic value, this project bears importance for the countries in the region due to its strategic and security dimensions. Transporting Qatari gas to Turkey and from there to European markets will provide remarkable opportunities for the Gulf region. Distinguished Participants,
The energy issue should be an opportunity for cooperation rather than an issue of competition.
We sincerely believe that international matters in relation to energy can be permanently solved through international friendship and cooperation. Likewise, we are of the opinion that energy pipelines should not only carry energy but should also be means of stability, security, peace and welfare. We are defining our vision in line with this understanding.
There are historic opportunities before us for our world and future. We can benefit from those opportunities with the help of international cooperation, solidarity and dialogue and can bring about and implement common solutions.
Only in this way, can we be hopeful for the future and flourish our hopes. I conclude my remarks with these feelings and ideas. I once again thank the United Arab Emirates authorities and wish a successful Summit.