Cachi hydroelectric dam
Q24N – Costa Rica’s emerging status as a green energy leader has won renewed praise from experts discussing the country’s 99 per cent fossil-free electricity use.
The country achieved an almost completely carbon-neutral footprint when sourcing electricity for its citizens in 2015.
About 18 per cent of all its energy use was electric, official figures showed, with 99 per cent of that electricity sourced from green energy supplies. The other main sources of energy in the country include biomass, hydrocarbons and coal.
This does mean that while 99 per cent of its electricity was renewable, this was only 17.8 per cent of the total energy used by the country – and given that the country’s main industries rely on carbon-heavy transportation services, it remains a large consumer of fossil fuels.
Yet an abundance of hydroelectricity and other

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