On November 11, 2019 the campaign called "Breath for the Future" organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey took place across the whole country within the framework of the "National Forestation Day" declared upon the initiative of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The employees of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC also participated in the event: they planted tree seedlings in the greening-designated areas located in Yenisehir and Silifke Districts of Mersin Province.


The seedlings and all required tools were and delivered to the event participants by regional divisions of the Turkey General Directorate of Forestry. There were fire tank trucks being on duty in the tree planting areas and providing the participants with water for the young tress being planted. Event participants from AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC planted more than 60 trees. A group AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC employees afforested Emirler Village located in Yenisehir District near Mersin, while another one planted trees near Bogsak Bay in Silifke District.


The total of about 11 million seedlings were planted in 2023 areas located in 81 Turkish districts within the framework of this event. 48 areas in 11 districts of Mersin Province were designated for organized tree planting, in which over 22 000 people took part.


"We all know how pressing the climate change issue is in the whole world. In this regard, Turkey is not exception and we need to undertake specific measures to preserve forests and tackle soil erosion. According to the data of the Regional Directorate of Forestry, 83 forest fires has been reported in Mersin Province this year, with 357 hectares of forest burnt", - points out Huseyin Yaldiz, an employee of the fire safety service of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. "Once they knew about the event, many of my colleagues instantly responded and decided to participate in it".


"We are here to make a personal example to draw the public attention to the necessity of solving environmental issues. Participation in this event is an opportunity to show the commitment of our company to the principles of environmental protection. Nuclear power can significantly reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Operation of a 1 GW NPP during the year prevents emissions of 9 million tons of carbon dioxide (compared to the generation based on hydrocarbon sources). The output of Akkuyu NPP will be 4800 MW and the plant's operation after commissioning of all 4 units will allow to prevent the emissions of more than 43 million tons of carbon dioxide annually", - says Lutfi Sarici, expert of the Public Information Centre of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.


About Akkuyu NPP


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant to be built in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented based on the Inter-Governmental Agreement on cooperation in the construction and operation of nuclear power plant at Akkuyu site in the Republic of Turkey concluded between the Government of the Russian Federation and Government of the Republic of Turkey on 12 May 2010. The project stipulates the construction of four power units equipped with Russian-designed generation 3+ VVER reactors. The capacity of each NPP power unit will amount to 1200 MW. Currently the project is entirely financed by the Russian side. Rosatom State Corporation is the majority shareholder of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC which has committed itself to the design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the power plant. Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry being implemented according to Build-Own-Operate model.


About Rosatom State Corporation


The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders possessing the resources and competences for successful operation at all levels of the nuclear power production chain - from uranium mining to NPP decommissioning to nuclear waste processing.


Rosatom is the largest electricity producer in Russia, meeting more than 18% of the country's energy needs. The Company is a global leader in terms of the foreign project portfolio amount, with 36 power units in 12 countries at different stages of implementation. Rosatom is the world's first uranium enrichment company and the fourth-largest uranium producer; it has the world's second-largest uranium stocks, and also accounts for 17% of the nuclear fuel market.


The State Corporation incorporates about 400 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. They employ a total of about 250,000 people.