Costa Rica Declares Ban on Fossil Fuels in Bid to Become World’s First Zero Carbon Country

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Between plans to ban all single-use plastics and the ability to run the country using 99% renewable energy, Costa Rica is already leading the global charge when it comes to sustainability. And now, they're taking things a step further with a bold declaration by new president Carlos Alvarado.

During his inauguration, the 38-year-old former journalist declared that the Central American country would be banning fossil fuels. “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, who rode a hydrogen-electric bus to his inauguration, had previously spoken of plans to stop using fossil fuels in transportation by 2021.

Embracing renewable energy has been an incredible feat by Costa Ricans, who will also celebrate 200 years of independence in 2021. And while the country generates over 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, going completely carbon free with its transport in such a short timeframe must be planned carefully. In fact, some experts see it as hyperbole used to spur quicker action.  “A proposal like this one must be seen by its rhetoric value and not by its technical precision,” says Jose Daniel Lara, a Costa Rican energy researcher at the University of California-Berkeley.

Eliminating fossil fuels from transport would require major updates to infrastructure and maintenance, while also pricing affordable. But, if any country is up to the challenge, it certainly is Costa Rica. Given the strides that the country has already made and with no significant oil or gas industry to mount an opposition, the goal isn't as unrealistic as it seems.

h/t: [The Independent]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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