“Costa Rica is close to becoming the first 100% renewable energy-powered country in Latin America.
- In 2013, Costa Rica generated 87% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Although the majority came from hydropower generation, around 20% of the total renewable electricity was generated from non-hydropower renewables. And this year, Costa Rica was able to supply 100% of its electricity for the first months of 2015, showing that their target of 100% renewable energy by 2021 is within reach.
- The country increased forest cover from 24% of the total land in 1985 to almost 52% in 2012, increasing the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere and stored in the vegetation and soils.
- As part of its 2015 INDC, Costa Rica has reaffirmed its commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2021. In addition, Costa Rica has committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 44% below what they otherwise would be in 2030. This is equivalent to a reduction in emissions of 25% below 2012 levels. The government is also committed to producing a national climate adaptation plan by 2018, focusing in particular on biodiversity, agriculture, water, coastal areas, fisheries, health, infrastructure, energy, tourism, and cities. A key component of its plan will be its National Disaster Risk Management Policy 2016-2030, including risk reduction, disaster response and readiness, and disaster recovery.”Source: worldwildlife.org