Costa Rica unveils long-awaited zero-carbon plan

Costa Rica

President Carlos Alvarado presenting the National Decarbonization Plan. (Photo courtesy of Office of the Presidency)

On Feb. 24, performers dressed as frogs, jaguars and tropical birds filled the Museum of Costa Rican Art in the country’s capital of San José. The biodiversity celebration served as backdrop for the unveiling of the Costa Rican government’s long-awaited National Decarbonization Plan, a ten-step blueprint for weaning the economy from fossil fuels by 2050. “Decarbonization is the great challenge for our generation, and Costa Rica has to be one of the first countries to achieve it, if not the first,” Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado told the audience, reprising what has arguably been his highest-profile pledge. (See "Alvarado vows big carbon-neutrality push" and "Ex-minister returns to help Costa Rica toward carbon-neutrality" —EcoAméricas, January 2019.) Experts say the National Decarbonization... [Log in to read more]

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