Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in Turkey

The energy transition is inducing new investments in the electricity production and infrastructure sectors worldwide. Turkey, with its increasing energy demand met mostly by fossil fuel resources, faces significant risk of augmenting its future dependency degree on energy imports. In order to address this issue, Turkey’s public policy framework includes not only strategies to increase the share of renewable energy resources in its energy mix but also aims to develop a local manufacturing industry and to enable technology transfer. This study examines how increased deployment of renewable energy in Turkey can provide co-benefits for job creation and meeting future skills requirements. The study also provides initial insights on the estimated occupational distribution, thus predicting the changes and employment opportunities available to Turkey in its solar and wind sectors.

Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in Turkey.


Year of publication: 2019

Editors: Mara Gomez, Pinar Ertor, Sebastian Helgenberger, Laura Nagel – IASS Potsdam and Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabanci University

Technical implementation: Bengisu Özenç, Efşan Nas Özen – Cobenefits researchers at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabanci University

DOI: 10.2312/iass.2019.033


This study is part of a 2019 series of four studies assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector in Turkey, edited by IASS, IPC, EPRA and IET.