A new briefing by HEAL (in English and in Turkish), as part of the EU funded CISIP project, underlines the many health benefits that could be gained if Turkish decision-makers implemented stronger Green Deal action. Turkey’s Green Deal Action Plan, launched in 2021, sets 32 objectives and 81 actions, including on a Green and Circular Economy, secure energy supply and sustainable agriculture. However, contrary to the EU Green Deal which was adopted in 2019, the Turkish plan doesn’t set any tangible targets or deadlines.
In addition, the Turkish Plan doesn’t contain a Zero Pollution priority, which is key to ensuring people’s health. It is particularly important as, in 2021, 42.000 people lost their lives due to air pollution in Turkey. Designing and implementing an ambitious Green Deal would also be an opportunity for Turkey to take decisive steps in order to tackle climate change.
The briefing, which is available in Turkish and English, presents the different pillars of the EU Green Deal, and showcases which of the strategies adopted are particularly relevant for health. Recommendations for the Turkish health sector as well as decision-makers are also included, to ensure that the implementation of the Green Deal in Turkey brings health benefits.