French state-owned companies need to phase out coal projects in Turkey

Europe in transition

Turkey could become the new climate bomb in Europe, supported by French government-owned companies. NGOs from across Europe are asking France to end coal projects in Turkey.

France is pursuing double standards in its preparation to the Climate Summit of Paris in December. On the one hand the government increases climate finance and bans export credits for coal, on the other hand the (partly) state-owned companies Engie and EDF operate large coal activities – mainly outside Europe. Together these companies own 46 coal power plants globally.

Engie even wants to build more coal capacity, planning the Ada Yumurtalik plant in Turkey (1320 MW), plus building and extending plants in Mongolia, Brazil and Chile. We published a briefing on these coal activities.

Today a range of NGOs, mainly from France and Turkey, sent a letter to French president Hollande, urging him to end Engie’s coal projects in Turkey ahead of the Paris Climate Summit. The letter is included in the briefing.

Elif Gunduzyeli from Climate Action Network Europe adds: ‘Turkey is showing a complete lack in climate ambition and plans to build 75 new power plants. The country could become a real climate bomb. Taking French support for these plans off the table, will limit the chances that the country will lock itself into fossil fuel dependency for decades to come.’


In France (Paris):

Malika Peyraut, Friends of the Earth France, Campaigner – Energy and International Financial Institutions, +33 (0)9 72 43 92 55,

Celia Gautier, Climate Action Network France, EU policy adviser, +33 (0)6 72 34 00 27,  

In Turkey (Istanbul):

Elif Gunduzyeli, Climate Action Network Europe, Climate and Energy Policies Coordinator for Turkey, (0090) 536 854 61 28,

(For visuals, email Elif Gunduzyeli)

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With over 120 member organisations in more than 30 European countries – representing over 44 million citizens – CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable climate and energy policy in Europe.