Moving towards a circular economy

Status in Turkey

In Turkey, the waste sector contributes 8.23 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. This is about four times of the aggregate share among UNFCCC Annex I countries  (ranging from 2 to 3 per cent). The causes of high emissions from waste include emissions from landfills, wastewater and increased consumption associated with rising standards of living. An intervention in the waste sector in Turkey can help to remove barriers to improving waste management and making it more sustainable, moving Turkey toward greater resource efficiency and circular economy.

Turkey only utilizes a fraction of its resource potential from waste.Resource and energy efficiency approach could yield significant savings across sectors.

In addition to current efforts, Turkey can annually:

How can NØW help to support unlocking the potential of waste in Turkey?


  • Demonstrating best practices on material efficiency for different sectors of the economy;
  • Reducing landfilling of 2 million tonnes of waste annually;
  • Generating USD 50 millions per year in materials recovered;
  • Saving, at least, 1 TWh of energy and 1.5 million tonnes of CO2-eq per year;
  • Promoting cleaner, safer and more sustainable circular economy in Turkey.