Sustainability is of vital importance for İzmir, where the effects of global climate change are clearly observed. For this reason, we, as the Izmir Development Agency, support strategies to prevent the negative effects of climate change on water resources, natural riches and agricultural production in the region, by promoting the use of renewable energy and developing applications that will increase resource efficiency in production.
With the green growth approach aimed at environment oriented sustainable economic development, we aim to convey the support and knowledge required to producers and industrialists to use the regional resources in an environmentally conscious manner. In order to achieve green transformation in our region, we aim to strengthen the investment environment and competitiveness by supporting İzmir’s high potential in agriculture and industrial production, clean energy and clean technologies.
Green Transformation and Blue Opportunities Perspective has been prepared to guide the development of İzmir in line with green and blue growth approaches and to support this transition. The perspective document aims to reveal the magnitude of existing risks and how they can be mitigated with the transition to green and blue growth, the economic, environmental and social benefits that will occur with various intervention scenarios, how opportunities will be created around sustainable technologies and industries, and the benefits these opportunities offer.
Green Transformation and Blue Opportunities Perspective is a guide study with a unique methodology and beyond a classic strategy document, it offers a horizon for decision makers and actors regarding the transformation process.
Study; It has a three-layered architecture: macro dimension, sectoral dimension and intervention/action dimension. The scope of the study, which was designed for a period of ten years;
The main objective of the İzmir Industrial Project, carried out in cooperation with the İzmir Development Agency and UNDP Turkey, is to reveal an industrial symbiosis model that can be applied for the İzmir region and then to disseminate it to the national level.
The project, which was designed as an operational program to cover the 2021-2024 period; reducing the amount of industrial waste by using innovative, environmentally friendly, sustainable industrial symbiosis connections; aims to improve human and environmental health, and to diversify supply chain relations in the industry sector.
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Within the scope of the Industrial Symbiosis in İzmir Region Project, which is being carried out by İzmir Development Agency (IZKA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey, an institutional cooperation agreement has been made with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to support Research and Development (R&D) studies. Within the scope of the project, it is aimed to support doctoral theses to be written in the field of Industrial Symbiosis. Within this framework, the following doctoral theses were supported.
As Izmir Development Agency, in cooperation with relevant institutions on resource efficiency;
İzmir Agriculture Technology Centre Guided Project
The İzmir Agriculture Technology Centre (ITTM) Guided Project aims to bring agriculture together with technology under the leadership of the İzmir Commodity Exchange, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, universities, chambers and stock exchanges in the region.
Within the scope of the project, it was planned to establish a Centre to combine İzmir’s agricultural production and innovation capacity, to make the region an R&D base for agricultural technologies, and to ensure the sustainable development of the agricultural sector by integrating technological developments. The Centre is aimed to be a base that identifies problems in the field and produces the necessary technological solutions, provides training and consultancy services, develops agricultural entrepreneurship and application competencies, hosts experimental production areas and provides accelerator services.
Potential and Utilisation Areas of Geothermal Resources in İzmir Project:
As a result of the project carried out in cooperation with İzmir Institute of Technology, it was aimed to obtain concrete data on the characteristics of geothermal resources in İzmir, sectors where geothermal resources can be used and investment opportunities.
Increasing Production Capacity in the Renewable Energy Sector:
It was aimed to develop İzmir’s renewable energy equipment production infrastructure and increase investments in this field. In this context, we carry out pre-feasibility studies by determining the value-added equipment that can be produced with the industrial facilities of our region and present them to potential investors.
The project of the İzmir Development Agency titled BEST for Energy (Boosting Effective and Sustainable Transformation for Energy) is supported within the scope of the Competitive Sectors Program conducted by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate General of the European Union and Foreign Relations, Department of EU Financial Programs.
The project aims to support the sustainable energy sector firms in İzmir and to increase their global competition levels. The 2017 Project, was conducted in cooperation with ENSİA on the Development Strategy and Action Plan for the Sustainable Energy Cluster, Energy Cluster Promotion and Internationalization Studies.