Costa Rica has announced a plan to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Central American country has launched the National Decarbonisation Plan, which outlines a roadmap with ten focus areas, each with specific goals to achieve decarbonisation. The plan is broken down into four key sectors: transport and sustainable mobility; energy, green building and industry; integrated waste management; and agriculture, land use change and nature-based solutions.
Under the plan, the public transport system will become emission-free and the entire nation will have sustainable waste solutions. The measures require government action, involvement from the private sector and public support.
Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica, said: “Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be among the first countries to achieve it, if not the first.”
Costa Rica is home to five per cent of the world’s biodiversity and has made significant progress in green growth in the past few decades. This includes deriving 99 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources; a national electrical grid which is currently more than 95 per cent free of carbon emissions; and a very low rate of deforestation in a country where forest coverture reaches 52 per cent of its territory.
This year, the country will once again host the acclaimed International Conference: Planet, People, Peace from September 4-6. Known as P3, this is an international event on ecotourism with clear goals: to exchange knowledge and experiences and to generate innovative projects that make a commitment to sustainability.