How Akbank is helping Turkish SMEs in their green transformation

SME Banking
17/08/2022 Interview
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Melis Ozdegirmenci

Akbank

SME Marketing Senior Vice President

Melis Özdeğirmenci is Senior Marketing Executive – SME Banking at Akbank. She tells Qorus about the new SME Eco Transformation Package they recently launched in Turkey.

SMEs often do not have the resources to implement a sustainable strategy. What is the situation in Turkey? Do you feel a real interest on the part of Turkish SMEs for green transformation? Do they have any regulatory constraints that force them to improve?

We are taking action for all SMEs to turn the risks they will face due to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism into opportunities, helping them increase their competitiveness. The SME Eco Transformation Package, the first and most comprehensive sustainability package designed specifically for SMEs in the sector, aims to encourage and finance all activities aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of SMEs and lowering their energy costs.

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