Costa Rica´s plan to become carbon free

Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world.

Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado, announced in 2018 a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its independence.

Read the latest article in the Financial Times about how Costa Rica will complete its drive to go carbon free.

“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,” Alvarado said in May in his inauguration speech. ”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.” (source: VOX: Jul 17, 2018)

In 2017, Costa Rica achieved another first — and set a world record — for the most consecutive days of running the national electricity grid with only renewable energy: 300 days in a row. And this little country is aiming to go even further than that.