20 October 2009 /TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Sweden's ambassador to Turkey, Christer Asp, stated in his opening speech at the “Swedish Model of Sustainable Development -- How Do Turkish Municipalities Benefit From It?” conference held in İzmir's Karşıyaka district on Monday that “national and international agreements and regulations on the issues related to environment should be created" and underlined that climate change is one of the biggest problems of our day.
The ambassador pledged that the Swedish Embassy will devote all of its efforts to deal with the growing environmental problems in Turkey. “Decomposed domestic waste can be used to generate heat and electricity. Drain water can also be utilized. The financial crisis creates reductions in energy consumption. Most of us are more conscientious and do not leave our air-conditioners and lights on. Managing and efficiently planning the use of energy is important in order to save energy,” the ambassador noted.
The deputy mayor of Karşıyaka, Hüseyin Çalışkan, stated that environmental problems cannot be handled separately from industrialization and urged the industrialized countries to act more responsibly regarding environmental issues. “We believe in the benefits of renewable energy in Karşıyaka,” added the mayor.