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Rotor Elektrik Uretim Osmaniye wind farm in Turkey – engaging the local community in the economic development decision-making process through stakeholder consultations.

Due to rapid urbanisation and economic development, Turkey has one of the fastest growing energy markets worldwide. However, Turkey is unable to "host" Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects as it is considered an industrialised country under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Furthermore, unlike other industrialised countries under the Kyoto Protocol, Turkey has no caps with regards to its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Consequently, it has no obligations in terms of reducing its annual GHG emissions and little incentive for investing in green development. Carbon finance has helped to facilitate investment into renewable energy, breaking down some of the prohibitive barriers and allowing Turkey to take advantage of the abundance of wind power in the mountainous regions which surround the country.

Rotor Elektrik Uretim Osmaniye wind farm project in detail
This project is located in the Gokcedag Mountain of the Osmaniye Province of Turkey. A local stakeholder consultation (LSC) was conducted creating strong ties between the project owner, project developer and the local community. The LSC provided a unique opportunity for the local community to comment and participate in the project as well as increasing communications, enabling the project owner and developer to fully understand and appreciate the impact this project will have on the surrounding area.

The project consists of 54 wind turbines providing a total installed capacity of 135MW and reducing GHG emissions in excess of 300,000 tonnes of tCO2e/year (the equivalent of supplying electricity to more than 33,000 homes for an entire year). It reduces carbon emissions by displacing fossil fuel generated electricity which would have otherwise been supplied to the Turkish national grid. The project construction was fully completed in 2009 and it was registered under the rigorous Gold Standard in May 2009.

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