Environmental Facility of the G2G.NL
Policy measure

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has implemented the Environmental Facility of the G2G.NL programme (G2G/V) since 2008, which aims to assist Turkey “in meeting the criteria for EU membership through projects dealing with the (consequences of) implementation of European Legislation.” (SenterNovem, 2008)

One of the projects under the programme is ‘The promotion of energy-efficiency by long term agreements in Turkish Industry’. Its objective is “to increase the institutional capacity of the Turkish administration to organize and implement Voluntary Agreements on energy efficiency with companies in relevant Turkish industrial sectors.” (SenterNovem, 2008)

The project had a budget of EUR 400.000 and was expected to have a duration of 26 months. The national counterparts were the General Directorate of Electrical Power Resources Survey and Development Administration (EIE) and the Natural Energy Conservation Centre (NECC), part of the EIE under the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR). (SenterNovem, 2008)


“Since the early 1990s, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has been concluding Voluntary Agreements on Energy Efficiency with numerous energy-intensive sectors. These are the so-called Long Term Agreements (LTA) which proved to be very successful in the past 15 years already in the Netherlands.

In order to strengthen the capacity of EIE to develop and manage public-private partnerships on energy efficiency within the Turkish industry, SenterNovem will first share with EIE much of the know-how and experience gained through the Dutch LTA. The concept of voluntary agreements will then be adapted to the Turkish industrial context, through practical experiences with pilot companies. Finally, a large scale roll-out of the Turkish Voluntary Agreements on Energy Efficiency (VA-EE) programme will take place.

The project is to enable EIE to implement Voluntary Agreements deriving from the Turkish energy efficiency law and the secondary legislation first within a limited number of pilot companies, and then on a larger scale within relevant Turkish industrial sectors.” (SenterNovem, 2008)

In order to achieve this, the project will focus on the following three aspects (SenterNovem, 2008):

  • “Firstly, the project will assist with the strengthening of the institutional structure and capacity of EIE in the field of Voluntary Agreements with industry. To this end, a series of trainings will be organized in the period 2008-2009. Special attention will be given to Dutch LTA experiences and to the specificities of the Turkish national context.

  • Secondly, assistance will be given to carry out successful pilot projects on VA-EE. To this end, approximately ten industrial companies will be selected. The pilot projects will be carried out in 2008.

  • Thirdly, the project will provide assistance to EIE during the roll-out of the Turkish VA-EE programme (starting on January 1st, 2009) and help evaluating.”


The following challenges have been identified (SenterNovem, 2008):

  • “Political or regional instability might cause delays in activities involving the government.

  • Lack of interest from sector organization or companies might delay the start and the effectiveness of pilot projects in industrial sectors.

  • A high work load or other priorities within the administration might limit the involvement of the Turkish counterpart and the sustainability of the project.”


The following outcomes are expected of the project (SenterNovem, 2008):

  • “Capacity building of EIE in conducting Voluntary Agreements on energy efficiency improvement in the Turkish industry.

  • A pilot project implemented on the use of VA-EE within approximately 10 pilot Turkish companies.

  • Support to EIE during the start of the roll-out of the Turkish VA-EE programme.”


SenterNovem, 2008. Project implementation plan: Promotion of energy-efficiency by Voluntary Agreements in Turkish Industry. Utrecht. Available at: www.eie.gov.tr/turkce/en_tasarrufu/uetm/gonullu_anlasma/ProjeDanismaKomitesi/2-Proje_Uygulama_Plani.pdf.