IICEC’s Conference Entitled ‘Global Energy and Climate
Trends & Implications for Turkey’ Outlined Latest
Trends with Prominent Names
Sabancı University Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC) hosted its 11th conference entitled "Global Energy and Climate Trends & Implications for Turkey” on November 12 with a broad range of physical and online participants. The conference, organized at Sabancı Center, opened with the remarks of Güler Sabancı, Founding Chair of Sabancı University Board of Trustees, and continued with the guest speaker Ayşem Sargın, Chair of YASED. Sargın's speech was followed by Dr. Fatih Birol's keynote speech. The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and IICEC’s Honorary Chair Dr. Birol pointed out the latest developments following the COP26 UN Climate Conference. IICEC’s conference, followed by more than two-thousand online attendees, concluded with a high-level panel session on business perspectives on a clean and sustainable energy future.
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In her opening remarks, the Founding Chair of Sabancı University Board of Trustees, Güler Sabancı, said that they have prioritized energy and climate for a long time, and made an announcement: “We aim to make the Sabancı University campus netzero. We share this with you for the first time on this occasion. We have started to work on it and will announce the results.” Reminding that Dr. Fatih
Birol was the only person from Turkey on TIME magazine’s “The Most Influential People of 2021” list, Güler Sabancı said that she was proud of him and congratulated him once again. Güler Sabancı continued as follows:
“We can secure a more sustainable future through energy policies that promote energy security, competitiveness, and transition to clean energy and investments with a focus on sustainable value, innovative business models, and clean energy technologies. As you know, we at Sabancı University have been prioritizing energy and climate for a long time. We established IICEC as an Energy and Climate center, with the vision that these two topics cannot be separated to contribute to a cleaner and more secure, and therefore, a better future of energy for economic growth and social development and new generations.