Mr Sharma visits Turkey following solar plant investment: Alok Sharma the COP26 President is presently visiting Turkey to count on the Glasgow Climate Pact and inspect progress on a new solar farm that the UK heavily invested in.
Alok Sharma is gathering with Turkish Ministers for Environment, Climate Change and Energy throughout the trip.
He will view Kalyon Enerji’s 1.35GW Karapinar solar project up close which is a £217 million project that UK Export Finance (UKEF) invested in.
This depicts the most UKEF has historically invested into a solar project, with Karapinar established to be Turkey’s largest, equal to 4,600 football pitches in size, transferring renewable power to 2 million Turkish households and planning to be operational by 2022.
In November at COP26, nearly 200 countries signed the Glasgow Climate Pact and Mr Sharma is planning to discuss in greater detail with the ministers how the country is buiding on making good on this promise.
Mr Sharma stated: “I am very pleased to be in Turkey for the second time in just over a year. In 2022, it is vital that all countries honour the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact to strengthen & revisit their 2030 emissions reduction targets this year.
“The transition to clean energy economies is accelerating around the world, including in Turkey. I welcome the commitment from President Erdogan towards climate action, including a 2053 net-zero emissions commitment & look forward to seeing an updated nationally determined contribution later this year.”
Mr Sharma visits Turkey following solar plant investment