It is no secret that Costa Rica remains a shining light in terms of biodiversity, conservation and sustainability but what is it that sets them apart from the rest in this regard?
Having spent three weeks recently exploring this fascinating country and having had the opportunity to meet with various guides and lodge owners, I thought I would share my view of what makes Costa Rica such a special case.
Costa Rica recently went 75 days in a row powered entirely on renewable energy. Thanks to a particularly productive rainy season, the Central American nation was able to run on a mix of hydroelectric, geothermal and wind based power. Whilst this statistic is an excellent success story, it is in itself an isolated event as a result of heavy rainfall which allowed the hydroelectric dams to run so productively. The greater success, in my opinion, is in fact that on a more regular basis Costa Rica manages to produce approximately 90% of its electricity without burning fossil fuels. Let’s put this into perspective for a second, the UK has set itself a target of producing 15% from renewable sources, by 2020, in contrast Costa Rica has targeted being powered 100% by renewable energy by 2021.