Support of Costa Rica’s strategy of carbon neutrality as a model for low-carbon development

Support of Costa Ricas strategy of carbon neutrality as a model for low-carbon development

Costa Rica has set itself the aim of achieving a zero emissions status by 2021. As a result, it is committed to adopting sustainable and long-term policies that will help reduce emissions. This politically ambitious goal requires a tremendous effort as well as demanding, innovative approaches – particularly as emissions in key sectors are on the rise. Current scenarios show that greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) are set to increase, caused by a rise of motorised private transport and a higher energy consumption of industry and power generation.

Results achieved so far

  • Strategic planning capabilities improved
    The secretariat’s capability for strategic planning has been improved, its organisational structure has been streamlined and it can use the cooperative platform Plataforma Climatica to coordinate its work in the agricultural, urban development, and transport sectors.
  • Low emission Urban NAMA developed
    Alongside several other Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), a NAMA on an “transportation and urban planning” has been developed from 2013 onwards. The NAMAs will have a significant effect on reducing emissions in the future.
  • Eco-driving public-private partnership
    In cooperation with the private sector, the project supports efforts on energy efficiency in the transport sector and energy-efficient ways of travelling (i.e. eco-driving).
  • Emission-standards for Busses
    In cooperation with the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), a paper was published in order to give technical guidance to the costa rican public transportation council to include a clause in the new concession contract. This clause requires bus companies to renew their fleet with EU3 standard busses till 2021.