By 2021 Costa Rica Plans to Become First Plastic-Free and Carbon-Free Country

Intelligent Living reports despite its small size, Costa Rica has huge environmental impact. It is in the top 5 of countries that are leading the way into renewable resources. Since 2014 the country’s energy has been coming from 99% renewable sources, and it has been running on 100% renewable energy for over two months twice in the last two years.

From the 1980s, the government realized that nature is Costa Rica’s most powerful asset and has therefore made every effort to protect it: including, among other things, zoo closures, reforestation, and establishing protected areas.

Getting rid of plastic was the next challenge. Last year on World Environment Day the country announced its national plan to remove all single-use plastics by 2021. From that day on, plastic has to be replaced by alternatives that are 100% recyclable or biodegradable and not petroleum-based. The country has the technical and financial support of the United Nations Development Program to help them reach their goals.

And most recently, in the summer of 2018, the country announced its aims to become completely carbon-neutral by the year 2021. Earlier this year, Carlos Alvarado Quesada was elected as Costa Rica’s new president. During his inauguration he announced his initiative to ban fossil fuels and become the world’s first decarbonized society.

All the mentioned is just in time to celebrate the nation’s 200th anniversary of achieving its independence.

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