ANKARA - The government’s adoption of an electronic signature application has saved hundreds of trees from being chopped down. Approximately 1,600 trees were spared since 54,214 signatures were signed using electronic signatures, introduced in 2008 by the Industry and Commerce Ministry.
In 2008, as a result, 2.6 million signatures were not scribbled on paper in 54,214 transactions, thus saving 1.9 million pages of A4 size paper, which weighs 9.4 tons. This amount saved the felling of 1,600 trees, which equals 8 square kilometers of forestland. It also prevents 3,382 tons of greenhouse gas from being released into the atmosphere.