Temptation to invest in Turkey’s coal sector will test President Xi’s commitment to climate leadership
By Arif Cem Gündoğan and Ethemcan Turhan
Chinadialouge - SEPT. 28, 2017
China may be halting construction of coal-fired power at home but abroad
it’s still investing in coal, even as it pushes aggressively
into renewable energy markets.
In the years ahead, the kind of investments China makes in Turkey will
prove an important test of its emerging leadership on energy and
China has strengthened its bilateral relationship with Turkey
in recent years. Chinese wind power companies MingYang and Goldwind
were among eight international consortia that took part in a tender for a
one gigawatt wind project in July, organised by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
Despite Turkey’s on-going national state of emergency and political
instability following a coup attempt in July 2016, companies, including
those from China, have not been put off bidding for a stake in Turkey’s
future energy infrastructure.