Working with the vision of providing a cleaner and sustainable environment to future generations, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality has completed the İzmir Green City Action Plan and İzmir Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. Determining 61 actions in both plans, Büyükşehir has drawn the road map of İzmir until 2030 regarding climate and other environmental issues.
With the vision of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer to make Izmir a resilient city, the studies are being accelerated. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has completed the "Green City Action Plan" and "Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan", which it started with the aim of presenting a sustainable environment to future generations. Izmir in Turkey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) became the first city within the Green City Program.
EBRD than 300 thousand euros in grants Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, for the first time prepared in Izmir Green City Action Plan, including the water in Turkey, biodiversity, air, actions for which included environmental issues of soil and climate change issues were identified. With the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, greenhouse gas reduction and climate adaptation actions were determined.
The Metropolitan Municipality harmonized the strategies and actions of the two complementary plans. In both plans, 61 actions were taken in the sectors of land use, waste management, buildings, environment and biodiversity, energy, public health, civil defense and emergency, water management, agriculture and forestry, tourism and transportation.
Aiming to make İzmir resilient by adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis with these two action plans, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality renewed its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 2020 percent by 20 as “reducing greenhouse gases by 2019 percent by 2030” in 40 with the decision of the parliament.
"We need to make İzmir compatible with nature"
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer pointed out that a transparent and participatory process has been carried out with relevant municipal units, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, universities and professional chambers for the preparation of action plans for about one and a half years and said, “We are far from the effects of climate crisis, natural disasters and We have seen that by living. For this reason, we need to make İzmir a city more compatible and resistant to nature. Both action plans were prepared in accordance with the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and complementary to each other. The prepared plans constitute the road map of İzmir until 2030 on many environmental priority issues, including combating climate change and adaptation ”.
Metropolitan contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases with environmental investments such as renewable energy investments, development of the rail system in transportation, bicycle and pedestrian roads, and obtaining electrical energy from waste. Solar power plant was installed in Ekrem Akurgal Life Park, ESHOT Gediz Workshop, Selçuk Solid Waste Transfer Station, Seyrek Dog Shelter, Aliağa Fire Department, Bergama Slaughterhouse, Uzundere Multi-Purpose Hall and Çiğli Family Information Center buildings.
The Metropolitan also took important steps towards generating electricity from methane from waste areas. Harmandalı Regular Waste Storage and Biogas Facility in Çiğli both eliminates the methane gas generated and meets the electricity needs of approximately 110 thousand households annually. The capacity of the facility is planned to be increased to approximately 40 MWe. In addition, electricity is obtained by biomethanization method in the Ödemiş Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility and the Bergama Solid Waste Management Facility, and fertilizers are also obtained from organic waste.
Metropolitan carries out many studies to reduce emissions from transportation. forming an electric bus fleet by 20 buses for the first time in Turkey Metropolitan electricity used by the bus as well as ESHOT was established Gediz Workshop produces solar power plant. By developing the rail system network, public transportation is promoted, carbon-free transportation network is developed with bicycle paths and pedestrianized roads.