Danish minister: We can help Turkey reduce energy dependency
By Selen Tonkus, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
ANKARA - Turkish firms from the renewable energy sector are accompanying Turkish President Abdullah Gul on his trip to Denmark to investigate business opportunities between the two countries' in renewable energy with the aim of reducing Turkey's dependency on energy imports.
The companies are attending a Turkish-Danish business forum on Wednesday.
Following his meeting with Gul on Tuesday, Danish Energy Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen affirmed that Danish companies have many energy technology solutions that could prove "beneficial for Turkey".
Petersen added that Denmark, which currently meets 35 percent of its energy need from renewable sources, is "one of the most energy efficient countries in the world." Denmark owns 16 percent of world's whole wind energy sector and aims to generate 100 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050.
"Our aim is to have an energy sector with 100 percent renewable energy covering our electricity and heating needs in 2035," said Petersen.
Turkey only meets 27 percent of its energy need from its own sources, renewables and coal included. By 2023 Turkey aims to meet 30 percent of its need from renewable sources alone.
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