Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said, "Our work continues intensively to make all of our railways electrically signaled." said.
The Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to 1,5 degrees by the end of this century, entered into force in Turkey as of 10 November. Green transformation is expected to cause a great transformation in the country's economies as well as the climate and environment.
In his statement, Karaismailoğlu shared the Ministry's vision for Turkey's green development revolution and its strategies and projects in this context.
“Turkey's green development goals are advancing with rapid steps”
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they are working for sustainable and smart transportation, green port, development of railway transportation, and reducing fuel consumption and emissions, and said, "We are moving fast towards our green development goals with our high-level strategy documents." said.
Pointing out that as the Ministry, they have made their investments in the focus of mobility, logistics and digitalization in a way to ensure the mobility of people, freight and data, Karaismailoğlu stated that they have considered environmentalist and sustainable transportation from a broad perspective in this context.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they continue to take the necessary steps for the dissemination of new technologies, railway investments and the use of environmentally friendly new generation vehicles. We are moving fast towards our green development goals.” used the phrases.
In this context, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that they have prepared their action plans under the main roofs of "Transportation and Logistics Master Plan", "National Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategy and Action Plan" and "Sustainable, Smart Mobility Strategy".
“In the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan of the Ministry, we aim to implement transportation infrastructures that will enable the integration of all transportation modes in a planned manner, to contribute to the development of combined freight transportation opportunities and urban transportation infrastructure in national and international freight transportation. With the 'Sustainable, Smart Mobility Strategy and Action Plan', which is still being worked on by our Ministry, strategies and policies that we will see in the field in the near future in order to make transportation systems suitable for current and future needs, to reduce transportation-oriented carbon emissions and to encourage sustainable, environmentally friendly transportation types. We will have projects.”
On the other hand, Karaismailoğlu emphasized that they are also carrying out legislative studies that will contribute to the phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles from the urban environment, reducing dependence on oil and greenhouse gas emissions, and reminded that they have issued regulations for the safe dissemination of the use of e-scooters.
Pointing out that the railways also have a very important place in the green transformation vision, Karaismailoğlu stated that they invested 2003 billion liras for railway investments between 2020 and 212.
“All of the railways will be electrified”
Stating that the entire existing railway network has been renewed, Karaismailoğlu drew attention to the fact that they have increased the length of the railway to 12 thousand 803 kilometers.
Expressing that there are 3 thousand 500 kilometers of railway line under construction at the moment, Karaismailoğlu said, “Our work continues intensively to make all of our railways electrically signaled.” said.
Emphasizing that as the Ministry, they have built 312 kilometers of rail system in urban transportation, Karaismailoğlu said, "Our projects are not only urban transportation works, but also environmentally sustainable projects that include recreation and walking areas." said.
On the other hand, Karaismailoğlu explained that they have completed the works for the production of the first national and domestic electric train, with a design speed of 176 kilometers per hour and an operating speed of 160 kilometers, "Our trains will be at the service of our citizens in a very short time." he said.
Karaismailoğlu stated that railways are a very important transportation system in reducing carbon emissions among transportation modes, and said, “We will meet more than 2025 percent of the energy consumed by the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) until 50 from renewable energy sources. As of 2021, 5 thousand 753 kilometers of TCDD lines, ie 45 percent, have been electrified.” shared his knowledge.
Minister Karaismailoğlu also touched upon the Canal Istanbul Project and stated that the world's largest ships carrying oil and toxic waste pose great environmental risks for the Bosphorus and Istanbul, as well as life and property safety.
“The Kanal Istanbul Project will protect the straits”
Karaismailoğlu said: “Canal Istanbul is an important project of the century that is closely related to both our country and the whole world in terms of environmental sensitivity. When similar projects in the world are examined, there is no other waterway like the Bosphorus with hundreds of thousands of people on both sides. The Bosphorus is getting more and more dangerous every year in terms of the risks posed by the passing ship traffic. A century ago, only 3-4 thousand ships passed through our straits, now nearly 50 thousand crossings are made. This figure will reach 2050 thousand in 78 and 2070 thousand in 86. The Kanal Istanbul Project is necessary to prevent an environmental disaster that may occur in our straits. When the project is completed, the safety of life and property of people in and around the Bosphorus will be ensured, the historical, cultural and environmental texture of the Bosphorus will be preserved, while waiting and transit times will be reduced.”