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.