Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu

Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu
Izmir University of Economics · Sustainable Energy Division

PhD
P.I. of Sustainable Energy Lab, participating in 5 H2020 projects and coordinating Sustainable Energy M.A. programme.

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Introduction
Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu is a Professor of Energy Policy in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Dean of Graduate School and Head of Sustainable Energy Division at Izmir University of Economics. He is also acting as the Steering Committee Member of European Energy Research Alliance’s (EERA) Joint Programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy Policies and Technologies, and the Head of Izmir Circle of Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly (ACIMEDIT). His research interest lie in the area of energy security, energy transition, energy economics, and energy policy analysis.

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Energy transition is one of the main pillars of the European Union’s climate change strategy suite. The policies set forth by European Union members to support energy transition are transposed into national policies, strategies, and action plans. Energy transition calls for empowering citizens and communities regarding energy-related initiatives. O...
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This manuscript aims to construct a decision support tool for the energy policymakers and energy providers to facilitate an analytical decision-making framework where the key drivers, motivators, and barriers are accounted for. The decision support system is designed in the format of a decision tree algorithm, integrating information about the key...
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With the continued digitization of the energy sector, the problem of sunken scholarly data investments and forgone opportunities of harvesting existing data is exacerbating. It compounds the problem that the reproduction of knowledge is incomplete, impeding the transparency of sciencebased targets for the choices made in the energy transition. The...
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With the continued digitization of the energy sector, the problem of sunken scholarly data investments and forgone opportunities of harvesting existing data is exacerbating. It adds to the problem that the reproduction of knowledge is incomplete, impeding the transparency of science-based evidence for the choices made in the energy transition. We c...
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The principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR) have been put forward to guide optimal sharing of data. The potential for industrial and social innovation is vast. Domain-specific metadata standards are crucial in this context, but are widely missing in the energy sector. This report provides a collaborative r...
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The Climate Pact and the European Green Deal constitute the main components of the European Union (EU)'s climate change policy. Energy transition, that is, transformation to a zero-carbon global energy system, is one of the main pillars of climate change mitigation policies. This transformation, coupled with the empowerment of individuals within th...
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There is broad agreement in literature and policy that the transport sector needs to maximise electric mobility, in order to lower both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This ongoing transformation continues to require a high degree of technological innovation. Consequently, policymakers are striving to reward innovation in procureme...
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This study presents the case of a Metropolitan Municipality in the Aegean Region of Turkey, which undertook a series of initiatives to conduct projects on environmental protection and sustainability. This case study was conducted as two separate studies as a part of Horizon 2020-funded ECHOES project under Work Package 6, aiming to gain insight int...
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This paper presents the results of a qualitative study exploring the role of formal social units in the sustainable energy transition process. A small community in North-east Italy was assumed as case study, in the context of a wider EU-funded research project aimed at understanding the individual and collective dimensions of energy-related choices...
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The Arctic Region experienced a series of significant changes due to shifting climate conditions, resulting in multiple opportunities and challenges for international actors, and encouraging both Arctic and non-Arctic states to promote their own national interests. Hence, the region has become a global priority, and a focus of scientific studies ac...
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Europe's energy transition journey involves more than a straightforward setting of goals, and designing policies and measures to achieve these. A successful energy transition relies on multi-faceted dynamics. This study identifies the barriers and motivators affecting the energy transition from the perspective of three decision-making levels: a) fo...
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The Eastern Mediterranean region has recently emerged as one of the pivotal foci of international affairs due to its considerable natural gas reserves. The region has become a point of intersection for surrounding countries and external actors, as well as major energy market players. The main challenge associated with Eastern Mediterranean natural...
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Pakistan is a rapidly developing economy and one of the fastest-urbanizing South Asian nations, being the sixth most populous country in the world. There is a significant gap in the electricity demand versus generation, amounting to a deficit of 5GW. Accordingly, 25% of the population still lack access to electricity, and almost 50% to clean cookin...
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This Deliverable elaborates a consolidated scientific knowledge base stemming from the correlation of the main findings obtained throughout the ECHOES project with the existing literature in order to advance consensus on the key factors and relationships driving (or meaningfully influencing) specific energy choices and related behavioural patterns...
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In the ECHOES project, we conducted a multinational quantitative assessment of energy related lifestyles and behavioural patterns, using survey data from 31 European countries and an additional in-depth qualitative assessment in six countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey). Since widely-used methodological approaches for lifestyl...
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Turkey is currently in the process of restructuring and liberalization of its natural gas market. However, Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation’s (BOTAS) monopoly of more than 80% of natural gas imports, and ranging subsidized gas prices from the beginning, mainly for power generators but also for households and the industry, are among the factor...
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This study aims to construct a composite index for measuring the vulnerability to resource curse in selected resource-rich countries through an analysis of the diverse factors, ranging from economic to governmental, social and political, that affect the resource curse phenomenon and its impacts. The proposed Resource Curse Vulnerability Index (RCVI...
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The energy policy of the EU is established around the objectives of sustainability, competitiveness, and security of supply. These objectives are embodied in targets known as the “20-20-20”. The targets concern decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) generation, increasing the share of renewables in total energy consumption, and raising energy ef...
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The nature of the utility market is changing. Developing smart and green technologies are essential to overcoming the challenges in the decades to come. Moreover, smart and green technologies are vital to reducing carbon emissions, achieving future goals of sustainability, and assuring electric stability to cities and their citizens. Hence, develop...
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In the ECHOES project, we have conducted detailed case studies of energy historic “key events” and their consequences in five European countries, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and Norway. The guiding hypothesis was that “key events” may have resulted in the development of country specific “energy memories” with an impact on the respecti...
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European Union’s (EU) long-term objective of achieving a competitive low carbon economy is mainly based on enabling environmentally sustainable investments, particularly in terms of decreasing energy consumption in buildings, transition to electric vehicles, and developing smart electricity networks, while promoting renewable energy use in order to...
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This report forms the basis for further research in ECHOES and gives at the same time an overview about the state-of-the-art. Based on a literature review with an initial screening of several thousand sources (and 597 sources reviewed), research from all three ECHOES research perspectives and technology foci were mapped and research gaps identified...
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Energy security is currently one of the priorities in governmental agendas, particularly for fast-growing economies such as Turkey. These economies which typically depend on energy-intense industrial production require a consistent, reliable supply of energy to support their economic development, especially the ones with limited indigenous energy r...
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Along with the changing concerns over energy security in the last decades, it is important to investigate the perception of different segments of society in order to understand how they view the challenges and opportunities in contemporary energy issues. Being one of the most dynamic energy economies globally, Turkey is continuously increasing both...
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Therefore, this chapter aims to analyze and evaluate Turkish energy policy making from an energy security perspective, considering the policy trilemma that governments are currently facing. WEO’s energy trilemma index is used as a basis for analyzing Turkey’s energy transition process, together with references to the EU’s energy policy triangle. Th...
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Starting from the 1970s, the increasing rates of terrorist attacks to energy infrastructure has emerged as one of the major causes of energy disruption, which has consequences for all countries in the entire energy supply chain, in other words, overall energy security. The aim of this study is to examine the nature of terrorist attacks on the energ...
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Volume 6, issue no. 2 (2014) of Revista Română de Studii Baltice și Nordice / The Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies is dedicated to the publication of selected papers of Fifth annual international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania: A piece of culture, a culture of peace, re-imaging European communities in the North Sea...
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The Danish Straits, which connect Baltic Sea to North Sea as an oil transit choke point, are becoming vastly important as a gateway to Europe for Russian oil exports. In terms of the future source of Russian oil, the country is estimated to hold half of the total Arctic resources. This indicates the forthcoming increase in the importance of Danish...
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As oil prices increase, companies experience rising costs and falling profits, leaving governments to deal with the increasing interest rate, inflation and unemployment. However, on the consumer side, the key concern of increasing oil prices is their direct impact on the gasoline pump prices. Consequently, oil price rises have always been an import...
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Turkey's energy consumption is low compared to its young population. However, energy consumption is rapidly increasing as a result of economic growth in recent years, a trend which is expected to continue. Accordingly, guaranteeing adequate energy supply for its growing economy remains at the top of the governmental agenda. While energy consumption...
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The bloody conflicts during the Yugoslav succession in the 1990s are responsible for the fact that the Balkan region has not been successful in its economic and political development. In the aftermath of this tragedy, six new states have been established and recognized by the international community, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegr...
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Left-wing parties have tendency to consider environmental demands from the society more than the other parties with different orientation. Therefore it is argued that the left-oriented parties have a greater tendency to rely on renewable energy consumption. Using a data from Europe between the years 1999 and 2009, this study aims to examine the imp...
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Dünya, enerji kıtlığı olasılığının farkına, 1970’lerde gerçekleşen enerji krizinin neticesinde varmıştır. Bunun sonucu olarak, “enerji güvenliği” tabiri NATO üyesi devletler başta olmak üzere dünya devletlerinin gündeminde yer almaya başlamıştır. O zamandan beri, ekonomik komite, endüstriyel planlama, terörizmle mücadele planları, petrol arzının...
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European Energy Security identifies the EU's main energy security challenges and looks at Turkey's possible role in this policy area. By investigating the role of Turkey as a westward transit hub for hydrocarbons from the Greater Caspian region, Middle East and North Africa. This book explores European and Turkish energy profiles. In doing so, this...
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Turkey is geographically located in close proximity1 to 71.8 per cent of the world’s proven natural gas and 72.7 per cent of its oil reserves (BP 2010), and because many of the main markets are located on the opposite side of Turkey, it is expected to form an energy corridor between the producer countries in the east and consumer markets in the wes...
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What is geopolitics? The term geopolitics came to prominence during the late 19th century and referred to the way in which ‘ideas relating to politics and space could be used within foreign policy and international relations’ (Osterud 1988). Geopolitics is also concerned with ‘political relations between states, the external strategies of states an...
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Throughout the Cold War years, Western countries formulated their energy policy interests with a view only to the access of oil supplies rather than thinking about the future of energy sources and the diversification needs that they are facing now. These countries are especially interested in the hydrocarbon resources of the Middle East. They were...
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The Caspian Sea is a 700-mile-long body of water in Central Asia, bordered by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. However, the basin area rather the sea itself has an important impact on the area. This is what the study defines as the Greater Caspian Sea (GCS) region. In addition to the Caspian littorals,1 the GCS region include...
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The main theoretical background question of this book is ‘Does geopolitics matter as an analytical perspective?’ Turkey has often been referred to as an ‘energy bridge’, ‘geostrategically important’ and a ‘connection between Asia and Europe’, and in this book I have explored whether Turkey’s location can really enable it to play a special role in t...
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The term ‘energy security’ broadly refers to a condition ‘in which a nation and all, or most of its citizens and businesses have access to sufficient energy resources at reasonable prices for the foreseeable future free from serious risk of major disruption of service’, as Barton et al. (2005) highlight. The same authors also focus on four differen...

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eCREW coordinates and supports the roll-out of an innovative scheme of household cooperation in energy management, addressing Community Renewable Energy Webs (CREWs), in which households jointly exploit household-level electricity generation and battery storage capacities and optimise energy efficiency and expenditures. Key purpose of CREWs is to support the transition of passive consumers to active participants in the local energy system through informed decisions and collective actions.
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