TR-4:Energy Management Training Program

Policy Description

General Directorate of Renewable Energy (or YEGM) organizes training programs for certifying energy mangers and auditors.


General Directorate of Renewable Energy (or YEGM) recognized early on that certification programs for energy managers in industry are important for achieving energy-efficiency improvements.

YEGM organizes training programs for certifying energy mangers and auditors.  An Energy Conservation Training Center was established as an integral part of YEGM [1,2], within the scope of the Energy Conservation Project, carried out jointly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and YEGM. The center’s activities started in 2001. For practical training purposes, the center contains equipment commonly available in factory settings, including a combustion furnace, boiler, steam trap unit, revolution machinery (fan and pump), air compressor and lighting. The center also provides training for neighboring countries.

Today the program of training and certification to perform energy audits, consulting, and project services has been expanded throughout the country; universities, chambers of electrical and mechanical engineers, and energy-efficiency consulting companies are authorized to conduct training and certification.

One goal of the 2012 Energy-Efficiency Strategy is to have 5,000 certified energy managers and 50 energy-efficiency consulting companies expert in industrial sector efficiency by the end of the year 2015 [3].

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Information & Outreach, Incentives & Subsidies

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Voluntary


Start Date: 1997

Policy Linkages

Supports Energy Efficiency Law Effort Defining
Supports Energy Efficiency Strategy Effort Defining

Agencies Responsible

General Directorate of Renewable Energy (YEGM)
SME Development Organization (KOSGEB)

Primary Objective: Energy


Ensure that energy managers receive uniform, high-quality training and are qualified to practice energy management strategies in industrial facilities, business enterprises, and public-sector buildings.

Target Group

Industry and other sectors

Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy:

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.


Quantitative Target? no

Progress Monitored? no

Verification Required? no

Enforced? no

Requirements on the Target Group

Those who will serve as energy managers in enterprises are required to attend training programs delivered and certified by YEGM. In 2013, two universities, two professional chambers, and 34 energy-efficiency consulting companies were  certificate-holder institutions authorized to perform training and certification [1].

Support by Government

Turkey’s small-medium enterprise (SME) development organization, KOSGEB, provides grants to cover training costs for SME’s energy managers.

Implementation Toolbox

YEGM provides training material to assist candidates in passing the certification [4].

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions As of 2014, 5,814 energy managers had been trained and certified in Turkey through courses offered as part of the program. In June 2009, Turkey hosted the 9th international energy manager course [5].
Estimated costs/benefits for industry
Estimated cost for government

References & Footnotes


[3] Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. 2012. Energy-Efficiency Strategy. Retrieved from: http://www.eie.gov.tr/verimlilik/document/Energy_Efficiency_Strategy_Paper.pdf

[1] International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures Databases. Retrieved from: http://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/energyefficiency/?country=Turkey

[2] YEGM website. http://www.yegm.gov.tr/verimlilik/egitim.aspx

[4] United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Government of Turkey. 2013. Evaluation of GEF Project: Improving Energy Efficiency in Industry in Turkey (IEEI) (PIMS No: 4113), Mid-Term Evaluation Report, Mission Members: Mr. Roland Wong, International Consultant, December.

[5] Energy Charter Secretariat. 2014. In-Depth Energy Efficiency Policy Review of the Republic of Turkey. http://www.encharter.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Turkey_EE_2014_ENG.pdf