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Costa Rica: The First Nation to Ban Fossil Fuels

Nick Webb reveals the great news of progression for success in sustainability with Costa Rica leading the way.

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As many countries around the world are attempting to lower their carbon footprint, the first nation has completely banned the combustion of fossil fuels.


While European nations such as Denmark are often known for their attempts at making more use of renewable energy sources, it is the small Central American country of Costa Rica that is the first to completely decarbonise.


Three Years of Green Energy


The announcement comes after Costa Rica has managed to use increasingly large amounts of green energy for the last three years. In 2015, Costa Rica was powered solely by clean energy for 271 days. This was increased to 299 days in 2016. From 2017-2019, this number crossed the 300-day-mark. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has set the target for his country to completely decarbonise by 2021, in time for the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican independence.


New Energy


Costa Rica’s green energy comes largely from huge hydroelectric plants, as 78.26% of their energy is generated through water. 10.92% also now comes from wind energy, and 10.23% from geothermal sources. As the way that Costa Ricans get their power changes in the next few years, it is expected that an increase in the amount of geothermal power created will make up the remainder.