Costa Rica Lays Out Timeline for Decarbonization Through 2050

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Late last month, Costa Rica’s government presented a long-term plan for decarbonization. Already working to become carbon neutral by 2021, Costa Rica’s new plan looks further ahead and is divided into three periods: beginning (2018-2022), inflection (2023-2030) and massive deployment (2031-2050).

The National Decarbonization Plan outlines a variety of steps it hopes to accomplish over the next 31 years. Divided by when the government hopes to achieve them, these goals include:

By 2022

  • Release public data on its cargo fleet’s carbon emissions and release a preliminary plan to increase its efficiency.
  • Outline a plan to lower organic waste methane

By 2030

  • Finish transitioning the power grid to 100 percent renewable energy
  • All new buildings will be designed to use green technologies
  • Culture will move towards lower waste generation with businesses shifting to a circular economy
  • Increase the country’s forest cover by 60 percent and reverse damage to natural ecosystems

By 2035

  • Seventy percent of buses and taxis will release zero emissions and shift the passenger train system to using 100 percent electric power.
  • Twenty-five percent of private and institutional vehicles will be electric

By 2050

  • The public transport system (buses, taxis, passenger train) will replace the private car as the public’s main mode of transportation
  • One hundred percent of buses and taxis will be zero emissions
  • Increase non-motorized transport by at least 10 percent within main urban areas
  • Sixty percent of private and institutional vehicles will be zero emissions
  • All sold private and institutional vehicles will be zero emissions
  • Half of cargo transport will be highly efficient, with a 20 percent reduction in emissions compared to 2018
  • Electric energy will become the main power source for transport, residential, commercial and industrial sectors
  • All commercial, residential and institutional buildings will hold to low emission standards
  • Industries will have switched their energy sources so that their growth does not rely on emissions
  • Have a solution for the collection, separation, reuse and disposal of waste
  • The agriculture and livestock industry will use the latest technologies to become as sustainable, competitive, low-carbon and resilient as possible
  • Grow available green areas within urban areas and improve transportation to protected areas

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