By Marcel Evans, Costa Rica Star:
In Costa Rica the ban on installing geothermal generation plants in protected areas has created the need to generate electricity using oil which pollutes the environment.
An article in Nacion.com reports on the practical difficulties preventing Costa Rica from achieving its proclaimed goal of carbon neutrality by 2021.
As an example, it cites the adoption of clean technologies in transport being hampered because of the power supply demanded by these technologies would offset their positive effect, given that electricity must be generated partly in thermal plants using fossil fuels which release polluting gases.
Meanwhile, much cleaner geothermal energy lies dormant, because tapping would required having plants in protected areas inside national parks, which Costa Rican legislators are opposed to… Read more