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Costa Rica Launches 'Unprecedented' Plan to Fully Decarbonize by 2050
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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:15

Excerpt: "Costa Rica launched a plan this week to fully decarbonize the country by 2050, setting a goal of powering its electrical grid entirely with renewables by 2030 and aiming to aggressively increase the use of electric vehicles and buses."

Costa Rica. (photo: EPA)
Costa Rica. (photo: EPA)


Costa Rica Launches 'Unprecedented' Plan to Fully Decarbonize by 2050

By Climate Nexus

28 February 19

 

osta Rica launched a plan this week to fully decarbonize the country by 2050, setting a goal of powering its electrical grid entirely with renewables by 2030 and aiming to aggressively increase the use of electric vehicles and buses.

President Carlos Alvarado signed a decree Sunday laying out a roadmap with key targets in the transportation, industry, waste management, and agriculture industries to achieve zero net emissions, and on Monday extended the country's moratorium on oil exploration through 2050. Costa Rica's plan is "unprecedented" in terms of what other countries are doing to transition off fossil fuels, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres explained to Thomson Reuters. More than 95 percent of the country's electricity has come from renewable sources for the past four years.

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+2 # draypoker 2019-02-28 19:24
This is very encouraging. Their plans should encourage the development of more carbon free technologies, not just in transport but also in other industries. I hope they will make use of biogas on a large scale. That is energy from agricultural outputs which can be made on all farms from vegetation and animal excreta.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-02-28 23:51
Three cheers for Costa Rica and its rush toward ecological sanity.
 
 
0 # Yadayada 2019-03-01 07:28
I live there and while intentions are good we'll have to see about the implementation.

Electric vehicles would be a must even just for the pollution in San Jose and the central valley, however this is not a first world country and vehicles are driven till they fall apart. Skillful mechanics import cars considered totaled in the US and put them back on the roads. Even if this were prohibited it means that the current gas-powered car pool would take decades to disappear even if no new one were sold from now on.

Electrical vehicles would be possible in the central valley but autonomy, reliability and cost (no used ones for sale yet) make them impossible for the moment in the countryside.

Also while 95% of electricity is renewable, 80% is hydroelectric, which in the dry season (as now) when the rainy season has not been that rainy (as now) means we have the choice between not having power (rolling black-outs as a few years ago) or no running water (as a few hours every day in my place this February - I am in San Jose).

Still this is the good approach. The extension of the moratorium on petroleum exploration is extremely important.

All this is good but utterly insufficient compared with what's happening in the US, China or India. Or Brazil, now.
Everyone needs to pull his weight on saving us all. I am proud that this quiet little country of 5 millions gives the right example.