Costa Rica’s new president, Carlos Alvarado, announced plans to ban fossil fuels during his inaugural speech on 9 May 2018. He stated “Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first." He plans to end the use of fossil fuel based transport by 2021, the 200th year of Costa Rican independence.
Costa Rica already generates more than 99% of its electricity from renewable sources. However, the plan to decarbonise transport at such a rapid rate is likely to be challenging due to lack of infrastructure, and the growing public demand for cars. With transport being Costa Rica’s main source of emissions, cleaning up its roads would be a big step towards a fossil free economy.
Could we see more countries echo the actions of Costa Rica by taking bold steps towards decarbonising their economy?