Costa Rica is already known for the decision they have made to move away from fossil fuels and build a country around green energy and it appears that they are continuing to move even further away from fossil fuels.
Carlos Alvarado, the newly elected President in Costa Rica, announced that he wants to lead Costa Rica to become the first decarbonized country in the world in his inaugural speech. This includes getting rid of all fossil fuels, even those used for transportation.
“Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first,” President Alvarado told the crowd. “We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.”
Costa Rica is been on the forefront of clean energy as they have already been reported to generate more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources but to move away completely from fossil fuels will be a huge challenge but one we welcome to see.
With Costa Rica suppling most of their energy for homes and business through clean energy, this leaves transportation as the main source of the release of carbon emissions.
During his victory speech, President Alvarado said that he wants to begin the decarbonization of the transport industry by 2021. “When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate… that we’ve removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation,”
Costa Rica is certainly setting a high goal and technology may hold them back a little, but the goals been set are certainly a great thing. When our mind is set on creating a change such a large change, we typically are able to make huge advancements in technology and can find a way to produce the results we are aiming for. We are excited to see the advancements Costa Rica will help push through and hopefully this change will spread throughout the world.