For more than two months straight, Costa Rica hasn’t burned any fossil fuels to generate electricity; it has been running solely on renewable power. This is a milestone for the country but not a one-off occurrence. Last year, Costa Rica’s electricity came solely from renewable sources for a total of 300 days. The country is on track to reach its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2021.
Costa Rica’s main source of energy is its hydro-electric dams; however, it also benefits from other sources, including solar, wind power, biomass, and geothermal energy.
Though Costa Rica is on its way to carbon-neutral electricity, there are other areas where it needs to improve. The country is still reliant on carbon-based transportation and other industries. Costa Rica nonetheless serves as a role model and an inspiration for other countries as they seek to lower emissions in line with the goals they committed to at COP21.