Costa Rica may be a small country, but it aims high-pitched when it is necessary to clean vigour. Back in 2015, it produced 100 percentage of its energy from renewable energy sources for 299 periods, and back in 2016, it operated for 271 days on anything but fossil fuels.
Now it shows it’s only bested its 2015 achievement, having run for 300 periods on a mixture of hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy. This stellar register moves hand-in-hand with the government’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2021, a deadline that was put in more than 10 years ago.
According to a new report by the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity,( ICE ), with six weeks left of 2017 to turn, it looks likely the full amounts of the number of clean energy-powered periods will increase.
Carlos Manuel Obregon, the executive heads chairperson of ICE, explains that improvements to the grid, and upgrades to various clean vigor power plant, have helped them reach this new zenith.
Although this is great news, some caveats are necessary.
Costa Rica’s small-scale sizing and population mean that it can accomplish these laudable aims without the same impediment that, say, China, the US, or the countries within the EU are currently experiencing. It also has abundant national resources- especially hydropower and geothermal informants- that many countries lack.
It must also be pointed out, nonetheless, that Costa Rica has had the prudence to not invest in fossil fuels, when others did not. Additionally, said industry maintains no significant sway over its government, which has put off climate mitigation exertions elsewhere by decades.
Yes, potential impacts of Costa Rica moving wholly fossil fuel-free would also be, on all practical purposes, quite unimportant. It currently renders 1,241 times less greenhouse gases than China, for example, so its contribution to fighting climate change is relatively minor.
Nevertheless, records like this new renewable milestone comprise immense symbolic power. They demonstrate that its willingness to clean vitality builds feel on both an environmental tier and a socio-economic level.
If anything, countries like Costa Rica show other developing nations- specially its neighbors, and spate of commonwealths scattered across Africa– that you don’t need coal to strength your country when various forms of clean energy task just fine.
Problems still prevail in the Center American commonwealth. Unlike many developed countries, Costa Rica has no plans to supersede the million or so vehicles still applying dirty internal combustion engines, which do indeed have a noticeable negative effect on both air excellence and the climate.
Nevertheless, when it comes to energy, the wealthiest commonwealths on Globe are lagging far behind homes like Costa Rica. In this appreciation, this slice of paradise is a harbinger of brighter days to come.