The president of Costa Rica has announced during his presidential inauguration, plans for the nation to ban fossil fuels, aiming for the country to become the world's first decarbonised country. For more information see the IDTechEx report on off grid zero-emission electricity.
"Decarbonisation 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," stated Carlos Alvarado at the Plaza de la Democracy. "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. Today I receive this (presidential) badge with the full understanding that to have all of you and our country is the greatest honor that can be given and the greatest responsibility."
Alvardo committed to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in transportation across Costa Rica by 2021 which will be 200 years on from the nation's independence. "When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate ... that we've removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation." He added "That transformation would be the 'abolition of the army' of our generation" referring to the country's dissolution of armed forces in 1948, a point of pride for Costa Ricans.
At 38 will become the youngest president in Latin America, joining a new group of world leaders elected under 40 and committed to a clean energy future, along with France's Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern.
The country already uses more than 99% of renewably-sourced electricity and, with a population of 5 million, the country in 2017 managed to run for 300 days without using fossil fuels for power generation.
Top image: Carlos Alvarado Quesada
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