Near-zero carbon by 2050 might seem ambitious to some, but to the Central American republic of Costa Rica, the goal is most certainly within reach. The country’s recently announced Decarbonization Plan to fight climate change will tackle issues including public transport, cargo vehicles, green buildings, renewable energy, forestry, and the phasing out of fossil fuels.
“Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be among the first countries to achieve it, if not the first,” stated President Carlos Alvarado Quesada. Costa Rica is already on its way to achieving this green ambition. The goal of renewable energy supplying 100 percent of the country’s electricity is only a 2-percent increase from where they already are today.
Plans for transport include buses and taxis emitting zero greenhouse gases, electric passenger vehicles — including an electric train servicing the capital city of San Jose — and improved efficiency in cargo vehicles.
The plan of phasing out fossil fuels through new policies and incentives is something that many European countries have also committed to. Today’s Daily Chatter points out, however, that “few if any have drawn a roadmap that comports so closely with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit this century.”
Costa Rica’s plan, by all accounts, could really work.