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Costa Rica plans to end emissions by 2050

05/04/2019

Costa Rica may be about to start a climate revolution. This is at least part of the plan introduced by President Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

The plan is basically to end the country’s carbon emissions by 2050. Achieving the goal, which on the world stage could be considered unattainable, is based on a strategy that focuses on 10 areas of the country’s economic sector.

Previously Costa Rica had announced that it would become carbon-free by 2021. As much as 95% of the country’s energy is renewable, emissions still occur. Something natural in countries whose transportation is based on the diesel car.

Some parts of the plan include the implementation of a green tax and the complete exchange of the fossil for electric, with one of the goals of the plan being that by 2035, 70% of the country’s buses, and 25% of the cars, are electric. In addition it also promotes the modernization of public transport with the creation of electric train lines.

And as much as Costa Rica represents only a small part of the world’s emissions, the president does not let that upset him. Quesada believes that the country can serve as an example for other major nations.

“We can be that example. We have to inspire people, “the president said on the day the plan was launched.

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/25/costa-rica-plan-decarbonize-2050-climate-change-fight