Improving air quality and reducing health costs through renewable energy in Turkey

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Turkey are significant sources of atmospheric emissions that are harmful to people’s health and the environment. This study analyses the impacts of the pollutants CO, SO2, NO2, and PM10 on human health. Turkey’s need for electricity will continue to increase in the coming years. Recognising that coal- and natural gas-fired electricity generation are major contributors to atmospheric pollutants and related health impacts, it is evident that an increased share of renewable energy in electricity generation would help lessen the problems of air pollution and reduce costs for the Turkish health system.

This study examines the co-benefits to human health and health cost savings resulting from increased deployment of renewable energy in Turkey.

Improving air quality and reducing health costs through renewable energy in Turkey Assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector.

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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.