Combustion plant

Improving air quality near combustion plants

Background

Turkey had approximately 100 facilities that fell under the scope of an EU directive on large combustion plants. The aim of this directive is to set limits on emissions from these facilities, and thus contribute to improving air quality and reducing health problems caused by air pollution. As part of Turkey’s commitment to fulfil the environmental criteria for EU accession, there is an urgent need to identify the status of these plants and to prepare them for compliance with the requirements of the directive.

The aims of the project and its core activities

The purpose of this project is to establish the necessary capacity of the ministries of Environment and Urbanisation and of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the State Privatisation Institute, to implement the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive in Turkey.

With the assistance of all stakeholders, an inventory of existing combustion plants will be established. This inventory will record the emission levels, technologies used, treatment methods and fuel types of the facilities.

Regulatory impact assessments will be carried out to measure the social, environmental and economic consequences of adopting the directive. Impact assessments and financial analyses are vital as many of the facilities – among them, a significant number of which are subject to privatisation – require major investments to make them compliant.

Then, in order to bolster the institutional and technical capacity necessary to implement the directive in Turkey, staff from relevant agencies will participate in study tours to a member state. Workshops will also be organised to increase the awareness of stakeholders.