Tiny Costa Rica thinking big on carbon

Tiny Costa Rica thinking big on carbon

Feb 28, 2019
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The tiny, peaceful nation of Costa Rica has launched one of the most ambitious decarbonization plans in the world.

“We will be an example to the world that it is possible to be a green and prosperous country,” said President Carlos Alvarado Quesada in a ceremony in San José on February 24, in a press release.

By 2050, the Central American country hopes to have a fleet of buses, taxis and other cargo transport powered by clean energy as well as 10 percent more bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles, said a government statement. All of the country’s electricity would be generated sustainably under the plan. All buildings will have improved energy standards. Waste will also be recycled and disposed in a manner that produces less methane.

Costa Rica is already an environmentally friendly country.

Around 95 percent of the Central American country’s electricity is generated emissions free, while forests cover more than half the land.

Quesada and his allies aid the plan would amount to a green jobs stimulus package.

“The vision of decarbonising the national economy is a country project that motivates us to innovation, creating jobs in favor of energy independence, a robust economy and clean cities for all citizens,” said Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat who was instrumental in securing adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. “Costa Rica takes a position of international leadership again.”

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