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Costa Rica Achieves Two New Records in Sustainability Effort

During the first six months of the year, 99 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (CENCE). In the last 30 years, renewable sources such as wind, geothermal, solar and hydroelectric have been responsible for production of nearly 93 percent of Costa Rica's energy, but this July they broke their own record. With a goal to be the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021, sustainable practices can be observed in every region of the country, across all industries, adopted by all citizens and embraced by visitors. With almost all of its energy being produced by renewable resources, it's clear that sustainability is embedded deeply in the culture and traditions of Costa Rica.

Photo: Considered the second largest construction in Central America after the Panama Canal, Costa Rica opened the Reventazón River hydroelectric plant in 2016--to achieve its goal of generating electricity without a single watt coming from hydrocarbons by 2021. (credit: Costa Rica Tourism Board)

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