• Primary Program Energy Transitions and Electric Power
  • Research Interests Sustainable Finance and Investment, Applied Banking and Finance, Corporate Taxation, Public Economics and Applied Micro-Econometrics

Biography

Dr. Yilmaz is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Powerprogram. His current research agenda aims to enhance our understanding of the financial and economic consequences of the global energy transition towards renewables, and to design effective policies to balance financial risks and growth prospects.

Prior to joining KAPSARC, Dr. Yilmaz had worked as an economist in the Structural Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, where he actively involved in the research and the design of policies for the private and banking sectors. He had also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and took responsibilities in various consulting projects for the Canadian and Turkish Governments. As an academic, he had spent a year as an assistant professor at the ADA University and worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Calgary and at the Western Illinois University, where he had taught several courses in economics and econometrics.

Dr. Yilmaz has authored various academic and policy articles, and book chapters in the past. He has involved in the organization of conferences and workshops, and acted as a referee for many academic journals.

Publications

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The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Circular Carbon Economy: Progress and Potential

The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Circular Carbon Economy: Progress and Potential

Over the past year, all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have updated their medium-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets by submitting revised nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Aramco have also announced net-zero emission targets. Work is now beginning to develop more detailed roadmaps and implementation plans, some elements of which are already laid out in the updated NDCs.

14th June 2022
Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: The Determinants and Future Projections Under Different Scenarios

Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: The Determinants and Future Projections Under Different Scenarios

The global energy system’s current structure has severe environmental consequences that necessitate an urgent transformation toward more sustainable alternatives. Besides many available mitigation actions, such as enhancing energy efficiency, deploying nuclear energy, switching fuels and adopting carbon capture technologies, renewable energy (RE) has been the most widely applied one in many countries, especially for the power sector. The average country-level share of non-hydroelectric renewable energy (NhRE) in power generation rose sixfold over the last two decades, from less than 1% in 2000 to roughly 6% in 2018. Despite its wide application, significant heterogeneity exists in the RE transition across countries.  

11th May 2022
The Circular Carbon Economy Index 2021 – Results

The Circular Carbon Economy Index 2021 – Results

There is an urgent need to align global carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions with climate-safe trajectories. A broad range of technologies and approaches are needed to achieve this cost-effectively and equitably. The circular carbon economy (CCE) concept provides a holistic, flexible and pragmatic framework for countries to plan their respective contributions toward the commonly agreed climate goals.

29th December 2021
Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: A Determinant Index Approach

Understanding the Dynamics of the Renewable Energy Transition: A Determinant Index Approach

Renewable energy is a key component of global energy transitions. To better identify its dynamics, this study constructs a composite index to measure countries’ renewable energy transition potential. Based on two decades of academic research, we identify 45 main enabling factors of the renewable energy transition. We classify these factors into seven subindices: economic factors, financial development, human capital, energy access, energy security, environmental sustainability and institutional infrastructure. We then aggregate the subindices into a composite index, which we call the renewable energy transition potential index. This index and its subindices are available for 149 countries for the period from 1990 to 2018.

28th February 2022
The Circular Carbon Economy Index 2021 – Methodology

The Circular Carbon Economy Index 2021 – Methodology

The Circular Carbon Economy Index (CCE Index) aims to measure countries’ progress in and potential for achieving circular carbon economies (CCEs). The CCE Index is based on two sub-indices: one for measuring countries’ current performance in the various dimensions of the CCE and the other for gauging how countries are positioned to make progress toward the CCE, based on key enabling factors. The CCE Index also allows for additional comparisons among top oil-producing countries through a separate set of add-on indicators that estimate how these countries’ industrial performance and business environments are aligning with the CCE.

2nd November 2021
The Circular Carbon Economy Index – Methodological Approach and Conceptual Framework

The Circular Carbon Economy Index – Methodological Approach and Conceptual Framework

The circular carbon economy (CCE) approach, developed during Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency and endorsed by G20 leaders and energy ministers, can be used as a framework for holistic assessments of all available energy and emission management technologies within the confines of a global carbon budget. KAPSARC’s Circular Carbon Economy Index project, launched in 2021, will develop a composite indicator (index) that measures and tracks country performance and potential on various dimensions of the CCE to support related policy discussions and planning.    

28th June 2021
Private Participation in the Renewable Energy Transition

Private Participation in the Renewable Energy Transition

The electricity sector captures a significant portion of PPI flows in developing countries. Over half (51%) of total PPI flows in developing countries since 1995 (~ US$1.9 trillion) went into the electricity sector. This figure covers the privatization of existing electricity infrastructure, as well as the deployment of new infrastructure, including power generation, transmission, and distribution projects.

22nd March 2021
Investing in Net-Zero Emission Ambitions: Global ESG Frameworks and CCUS Projects

Investing in Net-Zero Emission Ambitions: Global ESG Frameworks and CCUS Projects

Achieving global net zero emission (NZE) goals necessitates trillions of US$ of annual investment in various mitigation technologies. While a significant portion of this investment is expected to take place in mainstream mitigation technologies (e.g., renewable energy), low carbon technologies (e.g., CCUS) are also considered among the key enablers, especially in hard-to-abate sectors. However, the lack of a globally recognized environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) taxonomy and disclosure standards hinders efforts to scale up the necessary finance, especially in the case of CCUS investments. Establishing more holistic global ESG guidelines, including more explicit guidance on the reporting of CCUS-related activities, can accelerate the global sustainable energy transition.

14th June 2022
Understanding the Dynamics of Renewable Energy Transition: Country Performance and Potential

Understanding the Dynamics of Renewable Energy Transition: Country Performance and Potential

Renewable energy (RE) is a vital stream of the global energy transition toward sustainable alternatives. Various mitigation strategies, such as enhancing energy efficiency, utilizing fuel switching, deploying nuclear power and adopting carbon capture, have been developed. Of these, RE has captured the most attention globally, especially in the power sector. Despite this global trend, however, RE penetration differs significantly across countries. Some countries, such as Denmark, generate half of their power from renewable resources. In contrast, many others, such as Russia, are generating less than 1% of their power from renewable resources as of 2018. These data facts raise the important question of whether this heterogeneity in RE penetration reflects countries’ potentials.

11th May 2022
How the Circular Carbon Economy Index Can Serve Policymaking: Case Study of Saudi Arabia

How the Circular Carbon Economy Index Can Serve Policymaking: Case Study of Saudi Arabia

The Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) Index is a tool developed by KAPSARC for energy and climate policymakers and stakeholders to quantify and compare country performance and potential on the CCE. The CCE is a relatively new concept. It aims to draw attention to the need to address carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions holistically by using all available mitigation options cost effectively, through reducing, recycling, reusing and removing carbon or carbon dioxide emissions.

2nd November 2021
Can Usage of Specialized Software Reduce Tax Compliance Costs in Developing Countries?

Can Usage of Specialized Software Reduce Tax Compliance Costs in Developing Countries?

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