COSTA RICA PIONEERING A RENEWABLE FUTURE
Costa Rica: small country, big goals!
This tiny South American country has nothing to envy to bigger ones, on the contrary, it can impart some globally relevant lessons.
Costa Rica is leading the way in renewable resources and plastic-free society.
After the election of Carlos Alvarado Quesada as Costa Rica’s new President, his first act in office was to declare his purpose to take a giant step forward in reducing carbonization and become the world’s first decarbonized society.
He is hopeful to achieve this titanic attempt just on time for celebrating the 200th anniversary of national independence; that would be a great success!
When it comes to energy, it has operated fully and sustainably on renewable energy, doing it twice: for a total of 299 days in 2015 and of 76 in 2016.
Since 2014 the country has powered all but 1% its energy consumption by sustainable alternatives such as hydroelectric, solar, wind and geothermic energy, (with a majority of power derived from hydroelectric plants), all of this for more than two months, twice.
In summer 2018 this South American country announced its aim to be completely carbon-neutral by the year 2021, which is pretty impressive, considering that it would be the first country in the world!
What’s more its hydroelectric power station has received the Blue Planet Award 2019 for respecting the planet and its marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
When it comes to plastic issue, Costa Rica is again at the forefront.
From June 2017 its inhabitants have started to reduce the single-use plastic usage and they are going to reach the total dismission of plastic by 2021.
Plastic will be replaced by 100% recyclable or biodegradable alternatives and not petroleum-based ones.
The hope is that with Costa Rica environmental stewardship, also other nations will be likely to follow suit. And this will be a huge milestone.
We are giving Costa Rica all of our support in achieving that!