Costa Rica goes 300 days on renewable energy
Posted on 2017-11-27
The small nation of Costa Rica has broken a record for the number of days 100% dependant on renewable energies. In 2015, the country which is home to under 5 million people, set a record for 299 days using only renewable energy sources to power the country. 2 years later, they have reached the record of 300 days with no reliance on fossil fuels.
Costa Rica utilises its renewable energy potential through hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy. They are really putting the worlds natural resources to good use, an example for the rest of the world to follow. This achievement shows Costa Rica's dedication to their target of becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2021, a goal set 10 years ago.
According to a new report by the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, with six weeks left in 2017 to go, it looks likely the total number of clean energy-powered days will increase.
Costa Rica has previously made efforts to avoid a dependency on fossil fuels and has not invested in them. This has meant that the fossil fuels industries have not influenced its government to abilities to convert to renewable energies, which is unlike most other countries.
This is a great achievement for any country, but it will not put a dent in the current global emissions of CO2. If China was able to accomplish this type of result it would have a massive effect on the global output of greenhouse gases.
A third world country like Costa Rica proves to other countries, mainly those across Africa, are capable of skipping over the fossil fuel dependency stage and can go straight to clean renewables.
Despite it being considered a poor country, it is putting larger and wealthier countries to shame when it comes to renewable energies.
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