Tuğba Ağaçayak
2016/17 Mercator-İPM Araştırmacısı

Tuğba Ağaçayak is an environmental engineer and climate scientist. Her research focuses on air pollution and climate change. She received her PhD in climate and marine sciences from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences. Tuğba received her master’s degrees from Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Business Administration at ITU. She completed her master’s thesis on “Investigation of an Emission Inventory for Turkey” as an ERASMUS scholar at University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2006.

After working at TUBITAK MRC, Institute of Environment as a researcher between 2007-2009, she was appointed as research assistant at ITU. In her doctoral thesis, she modeled the impacts of aerosols on Eastern Mediterranean Climate. During her PhD, she worked as a visiting researcher at CNRS Laboratoire d’Aérologie, Toulouse, France. Afterwards, she carried out her postdoctoral research at TU Berlin, Germany between 2015-2016, where she conducted experimental research to investigate greenhouse gas emissions from compost and fertilizer application.

Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Waste and Agriculture Sectors and its Multi-level Governance in Turkey

Greenhouse gas emissions from waste and agriculture sectors have significantly increased over the last decade. Mitigation strategies became important also in Turkey. In order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, applicable reduction targets should be set, and strategies should be clarified, diversified, and implemented urgently.

This project aims to investigate the mitigation potential of greenhouse gas emissions from waste and agricultural sectors. Subsectors will be defined, and the current situation in terms of emissions will be determined. Specific mitigation strategies for each subsector will be emphasized. The potential of composting, in particular, will be determined as a method to decrease organic waste disposed of in landfills. By applying compost and composted manure to agricultural areas, fertilizer usage and subsequent emissions can be minimized.

It is particularly important to improve multi-level climate governance in Turkey. This project will help to provide knowledge to stakeholders to collaborate for mitigation strategies. Through public outreach initiatives, the aim is to reach all stakeholders and scientists, as well as the public. The specific social, cultural, and political conditions of Turkey will be considered in order to formulate realistic targets and applicable methods.

Tuğba Ağaçayak‘s poster titled Mitigation of Emissions from the Agriculture Sector and Climate Change Adaptation in Turkey was presented at Impacts World 2017 Conference, in Potsdam, Germany, on October 11-13. (Best poster award)

Activities as Mercator-IPC Fellow:


Waste Management System in Germany and Strategies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Waste Sector excursion
May 2-4, 2017 | Biogas Plant, Incineration Plant, Waste Treatment Plant, Compost Facility in Berlin

Side Event at COP23
How to escape carbon lock-in: Case of Turkey in the context of developing world
November 15, 2017 | COP23

Policy Briefs

Strategies Regarding Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture Sector in Turkey (co-authored with Levent Öztürk)
September 2017 | IPC

The Trump Effect on Climate Policy: Hard Times for Global Climate Action (co-authored with Ümit Şahin and Sarah Louise Nash)
April 2017 | IPC


Impact of Chemical Fertilizers and Solution Suggestions
March 2017 | EkoIQ

Turkey’s Intention
November 2016 | İklim Postası

Land degradation neutrality in a changing climate
November 2016 | İklim Postası


2016 Climate Summit in Marrakech – Observations from COP22
November 21, 2016 | IPC


Mitigation of Emissions from the Agriculture Sector and Climate Change Adaptation in Turkey
October 11-13, 2017| Impacts World 2017 Conference, Potsdam (Best Poster Award)


Climate Change, Water and Food Security
December 6, 2017 | Sabancı University

Biomass Energy and Biogas (Biyokütle Enerjisi ve Biyogaz)
October 21, 2017 | UALEF’17

Scientific Models, Climate Models
February 24, 2017 | Boğaziçi University

Climate Change, Water and Food Security 
December 7, 2016 | Sabancı University

Events (attended)

SKD, Turkey Materials Marketplace 2nd Interaction Meeting 
December 7, 2017  | Boğaziçi University

Falling Walls Conference
November 8-9, 2017 | Berlin

Open Source Circular Economy Workshop
June 29- July 2, 2017 | Circular Economy House

Turkey’s Coal Reality and Examples from the Coal Atlas
June 2, 2017 | Heinrich Böll Stiftung Turkey

COP22 Conference
November 7-11, 2016 | UNFCCC

World Energy Outlook 2016 Presentation
December 20, 2016 | IEA & Sabancı University

13th Green Dialogue: Tough Times Workshop
November, 22-23, 2016 | Green Thought Foundation

Climate Friendly Land Usage and Green Economy Workshop
October 27, 2016 | IPC & Green Thought Foundation

Workshop on Ecosystem Services
October 11, 2016 | Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality


Waste management and emissions
November 15, 2017 | Deutsche Welle Turkey

Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from waste management in Turkey
August 30, 2017 | Açık Radio