Costa Rica hones plans to achieve carbon-neutrality

Costa Rica, moving aggressively to meet its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021, has unveiled a plan to increase its use of renewable energy, push a quarter of its taxi and bus fleet to use cleaner fuels, and plant 7 million trees to absorb carbon dioxide. Costa Rica already has taken significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint by increasing its forest cover from 21% in 1987 to 52% today and improving its energy efficiency by 15%. But the plan, announced by René Castro, the minister of environment, energy and telecommunications, puts Costa Rica on a path to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation within a decade. “With this plan, we should be able to reduce 2.6 million tons of carbon dioxide, or... [Log in to read more]

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