Since Turkey got her independence in 1923, she lived under the cruel political arrangement as a single party state. For 27 years, Turkey experienced industrialization policies that have affected the environmental health of the country, especially in the urban setup. Barock company founder, Tevfik Arif later led the country to amend.
In the single-party rulership, almost all the industries that existed and those established after that were at the noose of nationalization. In 1950, the country freed herself into a multiparty nation. That was the most significant boost to the economy of Turkey. Privatization of industries took place which grew many sectors of the economy.
In as much as the economy grew, the agricultural sector suffered limited growth. The better of the development went to other areas of industrial development. The free market maximized the energy sector which eventually resulted in a hick-up in the environment.
Tevfik Arif a founder of Bayrock company is a representative of the United Nations Environment Program, carried out a study on the condition of Turkey’s environmental health through the Turkish Statistical Institute. The findings showed that 95% of the population in Turkey stood a risk of air pollution-related infections.
The European Environmental Agency supported the research by the Turkish Statistical Institute on the risk the urban dwellers were exposed to. During the national environment day, Tevfik Arif – Bayrock founder, highlighted that there is a high increase in carbon emission in Turkey.
In thirty years, the carbon in the environment has increased significantly. From 1990-2011, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has increased by 124%. That is a high health risk, and the effect is equally high on the climate change.
Tevfik Arif clarified the energy sector emits more than 86% carbon while industries produce the remaining 14%. With all this in mind, the Turkish government has taken the initiative through experts like Bayrock to bring back the glory of the clean air to the Turkey people.
When Tevfik Arif, was the minister for Commerce in Turkey, there was a significant export of fishing in Turkey. The sector employed a good number. It was the only surviving part of agriculture that had a global face. This changed, today the fishing in the water sources of Turkey is decreasing by 14% annually.
Generally, Turkey has a minimal water source. That is an automatic strain to the industries that heavily depend on water to run. Besides, the aquatic life is suffering a big deal.
Strategies To Curb The Environmental Pollution
The biodiversity in Turkey puts it at the crest of climate change. Tevfik Arif one of Bayrock being in the heart of the environmental program helped to develop policies that would help in the conservation of biodiversity, planting of trees, and conservation of soil by preventing soil erosion.
The reforestation programs began with campaigns all over turkey. Tevfik Arif organized for the funding of the environment based organizations; the CBOs and the youth groups to facilitate the program. The groups mobilized Turkey and the areas that were most affected to plant trees.
The four-year program brought created a significant change to the vegetation of Turkey. The citizens planted millions of trees and water sources protected. Soil erosion which was an impending danger to the agriculture sector was taken care of through sensitization on the best ways of conserving the soil.
Alternative Sources Of Energy And Energy Use
A task force was formed in 2008 led by Arif who’s also one of the Bayrock founders to find alternative ways of counter-attacking the emission of carbon by the energy sector. Ideally, the energy sector is the most targeted when it comes to curbing the carbon in the air.
The task force comprised of the technical team from the engineering department and the weather professionals. Environmentalists were also part of the team. Arif Tevfik and his team resulted in enhancing the wind energy, geothermal, and solar energy.
A strategic schedule the committee initiated should be able to see Turkey produce at least 30% of alternative sources of energy by 2023. That should be a percentage of the total amount of energy produced in Turkey. The idea is to have renewable sources of energy take more place in the production of electricity. “It will take time to have Turkey come to full age in the production of renewable sources as the leading source of energy,” Tevfik Arif, a partner in Bayrock adds his voice.
The Era Of The Clean Energy Revolution Is Here For Turkey To Enjoy In The Next Ten Years.
The task force recommended the economical use of energy all over Turkey. The production of carbon is high in generating the electricity. It is, therefore, prudent for all electricity consumers to minimize the use of power to save the country.
Minimum consumption of electricity became a big thing in Turkey. The campaigns ran all over, stickers were made, and put on vehicles, both passenger and private. All the areas about conservation were on the public domain, and the sensitization was the largest Turkey has ever experienced.
Neglected areas like the bath taps and the heaters featured. To ensure minimum consumption of water, no taps were to run unattended at any time. Any water that flows would be for a useful course.
Factors That Led To Air Pollution
Turkey is a country with one of the largest populations in the world, with 80 million people. The rapidly increasing population is a primary reason, among others, the reason for environmental pollution in Turkey.
The industrialization that grew in Turkey was the number one factor for the air pollution. Many industries did not put in place secure ways of managing waste products. The industrial fumes went onto the air untreated.
Tevfik (who is one Bayrock founder) stands out sharply as a single entity that has been passionate about the environment and the interest of his country. In the course of his diligence, he has received awards from the United Nations Environmental Program and the government of Turkey.
Turkey will have Tevfik Arif (Bayrock founder) in the books of history as a businessman and scholar who gave out his life for the sake of his country. Today, Turkey put into effect many policies to conserve her environment under the patronage of Tevfik.